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Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Devon W. Carbado sectioned the book into different time periods.During the Protest Era a quote jumped off the pages at me "To be white male in America and realize your gayness and find out your opressed is a very different thing than being oppressed all your life as a woman of color." In Harlem during the 1920�s we witnessed a cultural firecracker with books like never before. I wonder how many of those books were written from Wallace Thurman's boarding house at 136th Street called the �Niggerati Manor?� There is an American Folk saying; if you want to keep something secret from black folks put it between the covers of a book. Nowadays that is not the case. With titles like Black Like Us and The Greatest Taboo by Delroy Constantine curiosity is winning. Black Like Us makes me feel proud of the many literary giants included in this work, empowering and sending us love.
It is the stories and quotes from this book that will keep Black Like Us as a reference tool on reader's shelves for years to come. Julie Blackwomon offers an excerpt from Voyages Out 2 titled "Symbols," a short story that reflects Julie's own life. She makes a very intriguing statement, "coming out of the closet is more than just a "gay thing" It is my hope that authors like these in Black Like Us help to cease the homophobia in the gay and heterosexual African American community. I thoroughly enjoyed this treasure and how it examines literature.
The editors of this collection are to be commended for their dedication to this project. Work this important comes so infrequently, I recommend that everyone pick up this book to show your support for great literature.
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Black Like Us chronicles 100 years of the African American homosexual literary tradition. The short stories and excerpts of the featured authors affirm the interconnections among... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by uni aum Entertainment
I am still listening to it don't how why it has white and why transsexuals and transgender are left out. for myself I id with homosexual word. it does cause want to hear more. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by frances
I find this book interesting because it revealed the truth about many African American writers. The list of gay authors extends back into the 19th century. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Sharon Streeter
This book is informative and a excellent history book. I recommend this book for anyone who is insterested in learning about the rich black gay history.Published on February 5, 2012 by vane11206