New Book by Darian Aaron Focuses on Black Gay Men in Committed Relationships: When Darian Aaron couldn’t find a book that represented African American men in long-term relationships, he decided to write one. His new book, titled When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color, profiles 18 gay African American couples who are together for the long run. 

“I was frequently frustrated with the images I saw. I never saw a couple that looked like Joe and me,” Aaron said in reference to his longtime boyfriend.

The coffee-table style book is currently being sold at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse and online. [GAVoice]

Gay Pride? Not in Gloucester. The Virginia-based Gloucester Public Library took a step forward last month by putting up a Gay Pride Month exhibit -only to take two steps back by dismantling the small display mid-June. After approximately four complaints and Supervisor Gregory Woodard’s objection to “promoting gay rights”, the display was ditched in favor of a showcase of summer reading materials. Library Director Diane Rebertus explained it would “ease the concerns.” [DailyPress]

Canada Library Lends Walking, Talking Books: The paper books lining the shelves of Calgary Public Library have entertained countless minds, but it’s the institution’s Living Library that’s caused a media buzz in recent years. Since 2009, the Living Library has featured volunteer storytellers, including Christine Pinkney, who focuses on LGBT-acceptance. The approximately 100 volunteers also speak to schools, community groups, and various organizations.

“Living Library allows ordinary Calgarians to share their stories, which may include struggles with stereotypes, prejudice or myths about their social identity, with the general public,” program coordinator Leslie Adams told Calgary Open File. “Their ‘readers’ have an opportunity to learn more about the diversity in our city, and they can ask questions they might not ask in ‘polite’ conversation. They get a chance to be the interviewer and find out more about the Living Books’ stories.” [CalgaryOpenfile]

True Blood: Not Just a Lesbian, a Cage Fighting Lesbian: True Blood has bitten audiences again with its dramatically sultry fourth season. One Sapphic surprise: Tara Thornton, Sookie’s best friend, has ditched men for her female cage fighting rival. As these toned women throw punches at each other in a lesbian club, writer Aubrey Sitterson wonders whether or not this small screen relationship is exploitative. [EdenFantasys]

Canada Library Lends Walking, Talking Books: The paper books lining the shelves of Calgary Public Library have entertained countless minds, but it’s the institution’s Living Library that’s caused a media buzz in recent years. Since 2009, the Living Library has featured volunteer storytellers, including Christine Pinkney, who focuses on LGBT-acceptance. The approximately 100 volunteers also speak to schools, community groups, and various organizations.

“Living Library allows ordinary Calgarians to share their stories, which may include struggles with stereotypes, prejudice or myths about their social identity, with the general public,” program coordinator Leslie Adams told Calgary Open File. “Their ‘readers’ have an opportunity to learn more about the diversity in our city, and they can ask questions they might not ask in ‘polite’ conversation. They get a chance to be the interviewer and find out more about the Living Books’ stories.” [CalgaryOpenfile]



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One Response to “New Book Focuses on Black Gay Men in Committed Relationships”

  1. Tonja Dudley Bagwell 17 July 2011 at 7:00 AM #

    This sounds like a great book! I’m glad to see it in the line up of LGBT books that should fit into the mainstream of LGBTQ literature that depicts a reality of gay life. Black men have been whispered about as being closeted and written about in some book on “down low brothers”, but it’s good to see a positive depiction of them being in loving and open relationships. I tried to find a few to submit when I was compiling poems, letters, and stories “Step Into My Shoes: Expressions from the LGBTQ Community”, a recently released anthology.



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