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This Week in Black Twitter: diversifying gay media, Sanders supporters feel whitewashed

Welcome back to This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and cultural conversations on the Web. Topics will span the gamut — with pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between. This week: Users discuss diversity in LGBTQ media with #GayMediaSoWhite, people of color speak out with #BernieMadeMeWhite and responses to Kehlani's suicide attempt.

1. Rapper and activist Mykki Blanco went on a bit of Twitter rant on Monday, discussing the diversity (or lack thereof) in LGBTQ media.

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Blanco also noted that magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair have made an effort to be more inclusive. Meanwhile, he argues, the white, gay establishment has not.

Out magazine tweeted at Blanco, reminding him of the profile the outlet wrote about him in 2012.

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The publication got shut down pretty quickly, especially when people started using #GayMediaSoWhite and tweeting photo collages of magazine covers featuring white males.

One user even used Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckessen, who gave a speech about his sexuality in 2015, to make his point.

Critics also argued for the importance of creating their own spaces.



2. After Sen. Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii in the Democratic presidential primaries Saturday, CNN suggested that the win was due to a lack of minority voters in those areas.

Correspondent Chris Moody wrote: “These caucus states  largely white and rural  are the type of places Sanders traditionally does well. In order to win the nomination, he must replicate this success in other, more ethnically diverse states that hold primaries, as he did in Michigan last month.”

Feeling as though the media was erasing them, nonwhite Sanders fans made #BernieMadeMeWhite a trending topic. Showing their support for the candidate, users called out the media while also throwing shade.

Have no shame in your Crocs game.

Hey now, don't go knocking Journey.

Some users pointed out that Sanders hasn't won a state with a large black population. Hawaii, for example, is 3 percent black.

3. R&B singer Kehlani posted on Instagram, detailing her suicide attempt after facing backlash online over allegations of cheating on basketball player Kyrie Irving.

And while some celebrities showed their support for Kehlani...

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Chris Brown decided to go a different route.

"There is no attempting suicide. Stop flexing for the gram," he wrote in a series of tweets.

Brown's response exemplifies how some black people have traditionally viewed suicide. Even though the discussion of mental health in the black community has been brought to the forefront by TV shows like "Empire" and "Being Mary Jane," it still carries a negative stigma in which suicide is considered a "white thing."

Others echoed Brown's statement.

But the Twittersphere stepped in to remind Brown of his past transgressions and that suicide is not something to be taken lightly.

mpryce@baltsun.com

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