This week, Mused released a list of  must-read literature reflecting the experiences of black gay men. Books covered include Essex Hempill’s Brother to Brother, an anthology that merges prose and poetry to capture the lives of those who were affected by AIDS, E. Patrick Johnson’s Sweet Tea—an oral history of black gay men in the south—and the current Lambda Literary Award finalist Keith Boykin’s For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough.

From Mused:

[…] for black gay men, reading is not only fundamental; it is crucial to shaping positive images of our identities, especially since we seldom (if ever) see truthful depictions of ourselves in other forms of media.

See the full list here.

Comic Book to Commemorate Stonewall Riots

The events that took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village are regarded by many as the flashpoint for the gay and lesbian rights movement, and the reason we are still fighting for basic human rights today. Bluewater Productions seeks to partner with artist Michael Troy to commemorate Stonewall in a graphic novel.


“Civil rights are not just an American tradition; it’s a birthright,” Bluewater president Darren G. Davis said. “When I recognized that Stonewall was quickly fading into an obscure footnote, I had a obligation to remind people that civil rights comes in all colors, shapes, genders, political views and social choices.”

The graphic novel is being funded through the Indiegogo website and aims to focus on the events leading up to the groundbreaking evening, as well as its significance as the origin of gay pride. [San Diego Gay & Lesbian News]

National Leather Association: International Announces Winners for Excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish Writing

The National Leather Association: International, “a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community,” recently released the winners for their excellence in literary works award for SM/Leather/Fetish writing published in 2012. See winners below and learn more about the association here.

Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams for “Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities.” Honorable mention in this category goes to Tristan Taormino (ed.) for “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.”

In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is Annie Cox for “Muriel” (Pink Flamingo Press). Honorable mention for short story goes to I.G. Frederick & Patrick for “”Aunt” Grace” (Smashwords Edition).

Winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Elizabeth Coldwell (ed.), “LIPSTICK LOVERS” (Xcite Books). The honorable mention goes to Wes Royal (ed.), for “Whatever Lola Wants (and Other Wicked Tales)” (FDC Publication).

Victorious in the Pauline Reage Novel category is L. M. Somerton for “The Portrait’ (Total-E-Bound). The judges were unable to concur on second place honors this year with 27 novels submitted for consideration. Honorable mentions therefore go to The Masters of Falcon’s Fantasies by Cassidy Browning & Reggie Alexander (Siren Publishing), Power Exchange by A. J. Rose (Voodoo Lily Press), Eve Portrait of Submission by Steve Maser (Pink Flamingo Publications), Beyond the Edge by Elizabeth Lister (MLR Press) and A Forbidden Love by Lee Dorsey (Pink Flamingo Publications).

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award for the second year in a row is Mollena Williams, this time for “On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” which appeared in her blog The Perverted Negress at Ms. Williams also earned second place in this category for “Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play”, which appeared in Tristan Taormino’s (ed.) “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge” (Cleis Press).

Nominations for literary works published in 2013 will open later this year.



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One Response to “Read More Than Each Other: Books Every Black Gay Man Should Read”

  1. 17 May 2013 at 5:02 PM #

    In regards to black gay books every black gay man should read: There are a few authors that were left out such as a novel called “Mogul” by Terrence Dean, ALL the work by Lee Hayes and “When the Truth Lies” by Timothy Carter.

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