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Amid reports that a well-known singer hustled his body for money in New Orleans, a Huffington Post contributing writer is challenging bisexual and down low black men to come out of the closet. The gay community often refers to these men as "trade".

"To all my gay black brothers who are free and open with their sexuality, it's time to let go of dating the men in your lives who are not," writes award-winning journalist Ernest Owens.

Owens' article comes amid rumors that many urban gay rappers and singers will be involuntarily outed in 2015.

Singer August Alsina was outed by a gay man on a well-known message board this week. The man wrote:

New Orleans is Trade Central. I've known him since he was a kid and this was kinda common knowledge amongst the Gays in my circle. Sometimes the females are very much aware their man is selling ass/dick to Gays & Transexuals. He only messed with older men with a lot to lose(most were white). He isn't the only artist who sold goods just to eat. I've heard females say that's my Trade(acknowledging their man is an Escort). Some females are clueless about that culture. He's cute, but so many men have sampled him. Honestly, he did it for food, clothing, and personal items. He's more butch than Trade. Trade doesn't know anything about douching. From what I heard, even while being homeless "the bussy was always clean".

Statistics shows that black women lead the category of new HIV transmissions -- second only to gay men who still lead the category of most HIV/AIDS infections in the United States.

Researchers believe the high rate of HIV among black women is directly related to the risky sexual behavior of their secretly bisexual male partners.

Owens, who is openly gay, writes that he made a New Year's resolution to stop sleeping with married men.

"It was a difficult decision because I found myself caught up in the allure and suspense of being desired by closeted men," he writes.

He added: "There was something rebellious and tempting about receiving a whispering cat-call from a guy no one suspects is gay. The idea and cockiness that came from knowing that I was the apple of many of the football players' and frat boys' eyes was a guilty pleasure."

Owens suggests that we encourage our gay friends to stop succumbing to the cheap, quick ego boosts of sleeping with unavailable men.

Yes, the black community overall needs to step up in recognizing that gay black lives matter equally as those on the heteronormative spectrum. However, we can also not give society any distractions from why we should not be treated as anything less.

If it has not been already, let your 2015 new year's resolution call for the end of your wild trade chase and down-low rendezvous.

I'll promise you it's worth it, because you are. Source

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    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      Honestly, he did it for food, clothing, and personal items

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      So is he gay as in he liked it or was gay for pay? Folks do a lot of things they don't like or wouldn't normally when it comes to survival

    • datsmdubya2u

      This whole article says more about Poverty and Socio economic inequality than anything else.. men hussling their bodies for money and women knowingly being with them because they all gotta eat.. that's what i get from the whole thing..

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      This whole article says more about Poverty and Socio economic inequality than anything else.. men hussling their bodies for money and women knowingly being with them because they all gotta eat

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      That's what I got from it as well.

    • A.J.

      Trade doesn’t know anything about douching. From what I heard, even while being homeless “the bussy was always clean”.
      ___________
      :dead: this too much.

    • free

      “the bussy was always clean”

      *************************

      HELP ME JESUS!!!! * faints *

    • A.J.

      :newpost:

    • KDub

      writes award-winning journalist Ernest Owens.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      No comment.

    • free

      plenty of lil chicks in nola would have given him food, clothes, and personal items. hell you can walk in anybody house in nola and get food. he cute too?!!

      he gave up the bussy cause he wanted to live a certain lifestyle.

    • MsEducation

      I don't believe August is gay one bit. These gays just be out here lying for the fame and attention. While I do know personally that there are plenty DL rappers and singers out there, he's definitely NOT one. Miss me with this one.

    • A.J.

      he gave up the bussy cause he wanted to live a certain lifestyle.
      __________
      Bottom line (no pun intended)

    • SummerBaby

      :eek: I don't know if this is true about him or not :shrug: to paraphrase Lil Duvall why do we believe when gay men say they slept w/somebody. They lie on their dyck too!

    • SummerBaby

      @MsEducation
      I just said the same thing

    • free

      i wonder if anderson cooper got some of dat?

    • Vanna is the root of all evil

      I don't have the energy to think about this right now. I hate the subject off dl black men but it needs to be addressed

    • KDub

      he gave up the bussy cause he wanted to live a certain lifestyle.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Throw That Boy Pusscee song started playing in my head. :dead: But yes. Sounds like he just wanted a dack up his azz.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      We spent too much time gaining the courage and strength to come out the closet to our families while facing societal discrimination to just give ourselves up to men who are ashamed to do the same.

      The day I decided to stop responding and enabling the internal fear and shame that many down-low men who approached me had was the same day I gained a higher sense of personal respect and values

      _________________________

      :clap: :applause:

    • A.J.

      I don’t have the energy to think about this right now. I hate the subject off dl black men but it needs to be addressed
      _________
      I'm confused as to why it's limited to black men? All races from my understanding have this issue not just black men.

    • Ni ni

      :blink: I be online all day and missed this story. free, you're right, he coulda been up in the projects eating off ebt like the rest of the guys (if true). I know a guy who followed a girl to atl but they broke up and I heard he started staying with a he/she for food and a place to live :sideeye: . Anywhoo I'm going to go find the rest if this Allsina story :pc:

    • Vanna is the root of all evil

      I don’t have the energy to think about this right now. I hate the subject off dl black men but it needs to be addressed
      _________
      I’m confused as to why it’s limited to black men? All races from my understanding have this issue not just black men

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      I was just about to post this. Its down low men period ion care what race u are.

    • A.J.

      :peace: BBL after lunch.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      plenty of lil chicks in nola would have given him food, clothes, and personal items.

      ___________________

      :tea:

      I saw a FB post on Jarrett Scott's page the other day that said "Tag someone who gets dropped off to work in they car,by they man ,they take care of" Folks were getting tagged left and right. :rofl: :rofl:

    • free

      A.J. says: I’m confused as to why it’s limited to black men? All races from my understanding have this issue not just black men.

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      some folks on huffpost are saying because the gay black experience is different from the gay white experience--whites are more accepting.

    • free

      VDot says: I saw a FB post on Jarrett Scott’s page the other day that said “Tag someone who gets dropped off to work in they car,by they man ,they take care of” Folks were getting tagged left and right.

      ***************

      yea he would never be out on the street in nola. i could just see his lil pretty azz living with a girl and her mama and getting boo-coo food.

    • free

      Ni ni says: :blink: I be online all day and missed this story. free, you’re right, he coulda been up in the projects eating off ebt like the rest of the guys

      *******************

      yep!

    • Vanna is the root of all evil

      A.J. says: I’m confused as to why it’s limited to black men? All races from my understanding have this issue not just black men.

      *******************

      some folks on huffpost are saying because the gay black experience is different from the gay white experience–whites are more accepting.

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      We are more religious. Blacks follow the bible to the tee.

    • Ni ni

      I think we are more accepting of gays than white people know. Think of all the choir directors, musicians, beauticians. I see more black males wearing women clothing and portraying female mannerisms more than white males where I live in the Bible Belt. Reverend so and so ain't bothering the gays no more than the other sinners because he know they can sang and will pay tithes. But rev ain't gonna stop preaching the bible.

    • theloveyousave

      The eyebrows told on him. Anywho, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    • Raven

      So true Free. He certainly wasn't doing it for food.

    • Lodak

      No self-respecting gay men would refer to downlow brothers or bisexual brothers as "trade" SMH. Trade is a whole other category in tha life.

      Y'all keep trying...we keep livin...

    • sochlo504

      This article reminds me of big Freedia's "boyfriend". That boy is straight but playing gay to get some of that twerkin $. It's like reverse down low. Up high?