edited by Juan Battle and Sandra L. Barnes
contributions by Stephanie Laudone, LaToya Tavernier, Ruby Tapia, Jeffrey McCune, Jennifer Brody, Lavli Phillips, Marla Stewart, Mia Bynum, Jafari Allen, Jonathan Gray, Kevin McGruder, Stephanie Tatum, C. McGuffey, Sean Cahill, Anthony Lemelle, Tonyia Rawls, Robert Peterson, Roderick Ferguson, e. Cunningham, Torrance Stephens, Erica Chito Childs, Matt Richardson, Enoch Page, Bette Dickerson, Nicole Rousseau, Marcus Hunter, Marisa Guerrero and Cathy Cohen
Rutgers University Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-8135-4601-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4602-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-4816-6
Library of Congress Classification E185.86.B536 2010


Why does society have difficulty discussing sexualities? Where does fear of Black sexualities emerge and how is it manifested? How can varied experiences of Black females and males who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), or straight help inform dialogue and academic inquiry?

From questioning forces that have constrained sexual choices to examining how Blacks have forged healthy sexual identities in an oppressive environment, Black Sexualities acknowledges the diversity of the Black experience and the shared legacy of racism. Contributors seek resolution to Blacks' understanding of their lives as sexual beings through stories of empowerment, healing, self-awareness, victories, and other historic and contemporary life-course panoramas and provide practical information to foster more culturally relative research, tolerance, and acceptance.

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