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Recommended Reading for Gay/Bi Men of Color

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In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology
In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology
"First anthology of its kind. This is an important work. The quality of the work is uneven. Some pieces will stay with you."
Brother to Brother: New Writing by Black Gay Men
Brother to Brother: New Writing by Black Gay Men
"Follow up work to "In the Life". Features well written stories, poems and essays."
A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
"Randall Kenan's first novel. Mr. Kenan is my favorite contemporary writer (not just my favorite black gay writer). If I were stranded on a desert island with ten books of my choice, this would be one."
Vanishing Rooms: A Novel
Vanishing Rooms: A Novel
"Examines the private hell of two people connected through a tragedy. Beautifully written with skill, lucidity and polish. This is REAL literature! This book did not get the attention it deserves. It is a MASTERPIECE! Melvin Dixon's name should be mentioned right alongside of James Baldwin's."
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)
"Every once in a great while, a master teacher appears amongst us. Audre Lorde's lucid essays in this book helped me to move beyond my fear of coming out."
Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
"This was the first novel I read with gay/bisexual content. Written by the late, great James Baldwin. The story is told in the first person from a white bisexual man's perspective."
Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry
Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry
"Emanuel Xavier is a critically acclaimed spoken word artist, founder of the annual Glam Slam (queer poetry slam competition in pre-chosen categories similar to Harlem drag balls) event at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, and author of several books of poetry & one novel. His work celebrates Latino heritage and queer pride. Mr. Xavier edited this engaging and occasionally, brilliant anthology."
Voices Rising
Voices Rising
"Newly released anthology of work by G. Winston James and other members of the NYC based black gay writers collective "Other Countries". This is the fourth anthology published by "Other Countries". "Other Countries was founded in 1986. This book celebrates their twentieth anniversary (last year)."
Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora
Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora
"From the press release: “The screech is so horrific your skin crawls, but the whispering stops and the voice of HIV/AIDS is finally heard. Fingernails Across the Chalkboard is perhaps the first anthology of its kind to lend a poetic voice to the scourge of the modern world, one that goes beyond the raw empirical data so often associated with the language of this disease to speak from the soul.”"
Shade:  An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent
Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent
"Another anthology in the style of "In the Life" and "Brother to Brother". The story, "This City of Men", stands out in my memory of this book. Overall, the writing is uneven but still recommended."
A Burst of Light: Essays
A Burst of Light: Essays
"Journal kept by Audre Lorde as she battled breast cancer. This book forced me to examine my own mortality. I got tested for HIV for the first time as a result of reading this book."
The Mis-Education of the Negro
The Mis-Education of the Negro
"Constructive critique of the how the education system in America plays a pivotal role in ensuring African-Americans' dependence on white America. This book is a MUST READ for all African-Americans."
Lazarus
Lazarus
"The debut novel of author Rashid Darden is well worth reading. His character-driven method of storytelling and acute observations of human nature show superior talent and skill. Keep your eyes on him."
Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS, Other Countries Volume II (Volume 2)
Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS, Other Countries Volume II (Volume 2)
"Third anthology published by the NYC black gay writersÂ’ collective "Other Countries". The writing is uneven, but the book contains enough moving writing to make it a good read overall, though. The book includes some striking full page reproductions of art work and photography by black gay artists."
Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches
Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches
Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories
Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories
Ready to Male: A Collection of Letters
Ready to Male: A Collection of Letters
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir