Greatest Taboo Homosexuality in Black Communities

ISBN-10: 1555835643

ISBN-13: 9781555835644

Edition: 2001

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Twenty-eight powerful, provocative essays from academics and writers of all ethnic heritages, genders, and sexuality, including bell hooks, Eric Garber, Seth Clarke Silberman, Gregory Conerly, and Dr. Gloria Wekker-running from 19th-century slave quarters to postapartheid South Africa, from RuPaul to the Wu Tang Clan, from 1920s Harlem to 1995's Million Man March on Washington-provide a clear-eyed societal, cultural, political, and historical view of both the transformation and continued repression of black lesbians and gay men. A journalist and lecturer living in London, Delroy Constantine-Simms is a sociology graduate of the University of Hull and a psychology graduate of the University of East London. He is the author of The Role of Black Educators in Educational Research and (with V. Showunmi) Teachers of the Future.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Negotiating the Racial Politics of Black Sexual Identity
My Gay Problem, Your Black Problem
Are You Black First Or Are You Queer?
Can the Queen Speak? Racial Essentialism, Sexuality, and the Problem of Authority
Safety Among Strangers: The Million Man March
Homophobia in Black Communities
Sexuality and the Black Church
Is Homosexuality the Greatest Taboo?
Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African American Gay Community
Their Own Received Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches
Homosexuality in Africa
Heart of Lavender
Hearing Voices: Unearthing Evidence of Homosexuality in Precolonial Africa
Mati-ism and Black Lesbianism: Two Idealtypical Expressions of Female Homosexuality in Black Communities of the Diaspora
Institutionalizing Sexuality: Theorizing Queer in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Homosexuality and Heterosexist Dress Codes
How RuPaul Works: Signifying and Contextualizing the Mythic Black [Drag Queen] Mother
Creations of Fantasies/Constructions of Identities: The Oppositional Lives of Gladys Bentley
Black Men in the Mix: Badboys, Heroes, Sequins, and Dennis Rodman
Iconic Signifiers of the Gay Harlem Renaissance
Lighting the Harlem Renaissance AFire!!: Embodying Richard Bruce Nugent's Bohemian Politic
The Lives of Richmond Barthe
Heterosexism and Homophobia in Popular Black Music
Any Love: Silence, Theft, and Rumor in the Work of Luther Vandross
Hip Hop's Closet: A Franzine Article Touches a Nerve
Bessie Smith: One of the First Divas
The House the Kids Built: The Gay Black Imprint on American Dance Music
A Feisty Female Rapper Breaks a Hip-Hop Taboo
Homosexuality in Popular Black Literature
Rereading Voices From the Past: Images of Homo-Eroticism in the Slave Narrative
Envisioning Lives: Homosexuality and Black Popular Literature
Swishing and Swaggering: Homosexuality in Black Magazines During the 1950s
The Silent Mythology Surrounding AIDS and Public Icons
Eloquence and Epitaph: Black Nationalism and the Homophobic Response the Death of Max Robinson
Containing AIDS: Magic Johnson and Post-Reagan America
Epilogue
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