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  • How we fight for our livesHow we fight for our lives : a memoir

    Jones, Saeed, author.

    Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

  • The black flamingoThe black flamingo

    Atta, Dean, author.

    "Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he's navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican--but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. As he gets older, Michael's coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs--and the Black Flamingo is born. Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are--and allow us to shine"

  • Black. Queer. Southern. WomenBlack. Queer. Southern. Women. : an oral history

    Johnson, E. Patrick, 1967-, author.

  • All boys aren't blueAll boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto

    Johnson, George M. (George Matthew), 1985- http://

    In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

  • Killing rageKilling rage : ending racism

    Hooks, Bell.

  • UnapologeticUnapologetic : a Black, queer, and feminist mandate for radical movements

    Carruthers, Charlene A., 1985-, author.

    "Unapologetic is a 21st century guide to building a Black liberation movement through a Black queer feminist lens"--

  • Pleasure activismPleasure activism : the politics of feeling good

    Brown, Adrienne M.,

    "How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls "pleasure activism," a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects -- from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs -- building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own"--

  • Felix ever afterFelix ever after

    Callender, Kacen, author.

    Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend.

  • Skin againSkin again

    Hooks, Bell, 1952-, author.

    Affirms identity as involving outward appearance, while emphasizing that to really know a person means to get to what is inside them.

  • Sister outsiderSister outsider : essays and speeches

    Lorde, Audre, author.

    Sister Outsider presents essential writings of black poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, an influential voice in 20th century literature. In this varied collection of essays, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, offering a message of struggle but also of hope. This commemorative edition is, in Lorde's own words, a call to "never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is. . . .".

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