Coming Out in Color: The DL Chronicles

October 11, 2007 at 10:35 am 5 comments

In celebration of National Coming Out Day I am running a series of posts focusing LGBT people of color and their coming out experiences.dl-chronicles.jpg

The DL Chronicles is a groundbreaking new series from Here! TV detailing the stories of men of color who by consequence and by choice live sexually duplicitous and secret lifestyles. In these 2 episodes, we enter into a provocative and intriguing world of sexual discovery, denial, betrayal, love and loss. Boo is a player who lives his life on the DL. His girlfriend is fed up with Boo’s cheating and kicks him to the curb. Undaunted, he continues his ways. But when shocking news rattles Boo, he is forced to reconsider his reckless life on the DL. Mark and Donte, a loving couple who have been living on the DL, are jolted by the unexpected arrival of Mark’s thuggish cousin, whom they’re convinced will blow their long-held secret. Desperate to keep their relationship truly on the DL, Mark asks his boyfriend to pretend he’s straight.

Clip NSFW!DC Black Pride, Khush and Reel Affirmations are teaming up for a screening of the two newest episodes of The DL Chronicles. Here are the details. DC Black Pride is also hosting a post-screening reception honoring Reel Affirmations. Reel Affirmations is the DC LGBT Film Festival and is now in its 17th year.Screening:Date: Sunday, October 14, 2007Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Location: Lincoln Theatre1215 U Street, NWWashington, DC 20009Cost: $10.00Post-screening reception:Date: Sunday, October 14, 2007Time: 7:00PM-10:00PMLocation: Mahogany 2001 Eleventh St, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20013 202-299-0800


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  • 1. Zeke  |  October 11, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why people are promoting this show, and the whole DL lifestyle as something good or cool or intriguing or exotic.

    I certainly can’t figure out what this has to do with National Coming Out Day or with Gay Pride. It seems to be the absolute antithesis of Out and Proud.

    Keith Boykins site, which I LOVE, has advertised the DL Chronicles and The Closet for about a year now. I just don’t get it.

  • 2. BlkGayStng  |  October 11, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Dear Zeke,
    You really need to view the show before you publicly bash it. The DL Chronicles does not celebrate the DL lifestyle, nor portray it as COOL, INTRIGUING, GOOD, nor EXOTIC, and it is certainly not the antithesis of Out and proud.

    The DL Chronicles is a series about GAY, Bi, and Bi-curious black men, who are unable to, are forced to not, or simply choose to not, express their sexuality – due to differing reasons every episode.

    This show is really important because it gives EVERYBODY a look into what it’s like to be Black Male and Gay and the numerous and REAL issues that face us in our culture, communities, families, work force, social circles, faith, and internally.

    I believe, as obviously does intellects like Keith Boykin, Jazmyne Cannick, and Rod 2.0, (who have all supported the show on their blogs) that the DLChronicles is probably the most important and socially relevant Gay Black TV series on the air – regardless of whether you are Out or In.

    This show is nothing that you expect it to be, it is smart, heartfelt, honest, as well as entertaining and the men certainly are sexy.

    Most of us are still in the closet, and the majority of us who are out lived there too at one time. So to celebrate Coming Out Day the DL Chronicles couldn’t be more timelier in expressing and helping everyone reflect and remember what its like to be there or have been there, afraid to be who we really are. And for that I will always be a fan and look forward to many more to come.


  • 3. Bloggernista  |  October 11, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    I think the show gives us the opportunities to see some of what goes on in the lives of some Black men who feel that they are not able to be completely honest about who they are.

    I am Black and gay and could not go back into the closet even if I wanted to which I don’t. My purpose in post this is to help spread images of LGBT people of color so that LGBT POC will feel more empowered to claim their truths as LGBT people.

  • 4. BillyBadAss  |  October 16, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Wow, it ‘s very obvious Zeke hasn’t seen the show at all.

    Zeke, I admonish you to watch the first four episodes of the series and THEN tell us what you think. I personally feel like The DL Chronicles is one of, if not THE most important series on TV for black gay men. It is absolutely perfect for Coming Out day. I think many of us OUT AND PROUD folks forget that many of us still struggle with being open and honest. The statistics show that there are far more of us gay black men IN the closet than OUT, and this show could be the catalyst to remedy this disparity.

    GO SEE THE SHOW ZEEK! I am anxious to hear your opinion AFTER you actually see the show. I know you haven’t seen the show yet just from your response. No gay black man or any gay man for that matter can watch this show and have the opinion you have.

    Write back, Zeke!

  • 5. J. Fox  |  June 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you for this!


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