Keith Boykin: Practicing Love

“We could have filled the book with stories of doom and gloom but that would have been just as dishonest as doing a book filled only with happy success stories. For most of us, life isn’t all sad and isn’t all happy.”

Editor, writer, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and former White House special assistant to Bill Clinton, Keith Boykin talks with Lambda about his latest anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out…. read more

'Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica' edited by Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith  has long been a very visible face in the kinky community thanks in no small part to her award-winning online writing project Sugarbutch Chronicles. Sexsmith is an educator, a writer, a thinker and a kinky queer top. Her firsthand knowledge of BDSM has given her full possession of an empathy that is utterly… read more

'For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home' edited by Keith Boykin

Despite the social and political progress made by gay men in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, some things—like bullying, bigotry, suicide (attempted and successful), and self-loathing—are constant reminders that there is a need for further change.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough addresses these and other thorny issues through essays and poetry by more than 40 contributors, who represent a diverse cross-section of gay men of color…… read more

'Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance' edited by Rhoda Belleza

In the light of the recent revelation that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have bullied a fellow student in high school, something said by character in “The Shift Sticks,” Josh Berk’s story in this collection, gains unexpected relevance. When teenager Bryan Forbes says, “It wasn’t that bad, was it?” to Tiffany Sanz, a girl… read more

'Why are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform' edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Collected from across a continua of class, age, race, gender, sex, and geography, these academics and activists, professionals and students–for whom the personal is political and vice versa–raise their voices in complicated and varied attempts to problematize and deconstruct the assorted issues related to homophobia (externalized and internalized)…. read more

'Best Gay Stories 2011' edited by Peter Dubé

Collections such as this also invariably bring up the question, “What is a ‘gay story,’ anyway?” Is it simply a story that a gay person has written? Something that features gay characters prominently? How much focus needs to be on the uniqueness of gay life, or can the protagonist be someone who “just happens to be gay?” Does the author have to be gay—or male—to do it justice?… read more