Strange Fruit #22: Reverend Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard on Faith and Fairness by StrangeFruitPod published on 2013-03-08T22:58:08Z <p>Our friend Reverend Bojangles Blanchard is always up to something. On any given day, he could be getting <a href="http://www.fairness.org/NewsEvents/IntheNews/GayministermakeswayinBaptistfaith/tabid/1178/Default.aspx">ordained</a>, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rev-bojangles-blanchard-hopeful-sit-arrest-inspire-calls-change-gay-marriage-ban">arrested</a>, or<a href="http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/50629818"> interviewed on MSNBC</a>. But this week, the leader of <a href="http://hbclouisville.viastaging.com/category/congregational-life/true-colors/">True Colors Ministry</a> took some time out of his busy activist life to stop by the studio and catch us up on the latest. He'll be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/483009868413519/?ref=22">marching at the State Capitol </a>on March 26th in support of marriage equality. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with the good Reverend about the event he has planned, why faith remains important in LGBTQ life, and the fine line between paying homage to civil rights leaders of the past and co-opting their tactics and images. And in this week's Juicy Fruit segment, a look at Kevin Hart's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rNbbaoc6Oo">Pope Quvenzhané Wallis sketch</a> on Saturday Night Live lead to a discussion of drag used by heterosexual male comedians—when it's respectful, and when it's not. We also looked into reports that Dr. Story's home state of Michigan has been <a href="http://americanindependent.com/218779/not-so-confidential-hiv-testing">keeping records of confidential HIV testing</a> results, and possibly using the results to criminally prosecute gay men for having sex.