Links: To Be Queer, Black & Writing

by Kehinde Wiley

  • I’m well overdue on this one, but having just started reading Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay & Coming of Age on the Streets of New York by Kai Wright, I had to take a moment & recommend this book. Wright follows several queer youth of color as they drift, hustle, and stride their way through New York City. In the same way that E. Patrick Johnson’s Sweet Tea offers a vivid, first-hand mosaic of gay men in the South, Drifting Toward Love gives a voice to young men of color who are often left our of the conversation about what it means to be queer in America.
  • And I can’t tell you how happy I am to also be able to recommend When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color by Darian Aaron. Based on the interview series Aaron has featured on his blog for a good long while, the book offers yet another tile to the mosaic of queer life in America.
  • And in between reading those books, take a moment & get into these articles written by Kenyon Farrow and Darnell Moore which thoughtfully consider and question the reality & implications of marriage equality in America. As Farrow startlingly notes” What does it mean when so-called progressives celebrate a victory in large part won by GOP-supporting hedge fund managers, Tea Party funders and corporate conglomerates—the oft-spoken enemies of progressive causes?”
  • And finally, I love & wanted to share “When Women Were Clouds” a fierce poem by Anna Swanson.

2 responses to “Links: To Be Queer, Black & Writing

  1. Charlie Jensen

    xoxo Kehinde Wiley

  2. Just wanna remark on few general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is rattling fantastic : D.

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