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Conviction of Big Democratic Donor Is a Rare Victory for Queer Black Men

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Being a Black queer progressive often means pushing ahead shoulder to shoulder with people who may be better than conservatives, but not by so much. It means enduring subtle racism and microaggressions, and being gaslighted if you speak up about that. And sometimes it means being racially tokenized and sexually fetishized by the very people who you rely on to advocate for you.

The conviction on Tuesday of 66-year-old Ed Buck marked the first time I have seen true justice for Black queer people leveled against another person within the progressive movement.

Buck, a white, gay donor to progressive causes and politicians now faces a potential life sentence after he was finally convicted of multiple crimes in connection with the deaths of two Black men who overdosed in his West Hollywood apartment where he’d brought them to “party and play.”

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