Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, Sweet Tea collects more than sixty life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as "backward" or "repressive" and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partnersoften in spaces and activities that appear to be antigay. Ultimately, Sweet Tea validates the lives of these black gay men and reinforces the role of storytelling in both African American and southern cultures.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2010.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Some Bitter and Some Sweet: Growing Up Black and Gay in the South
Chapter 2. Coming Out and Turning the Closet Inside Out
Chapter 3. Church Sissies: Gayness and the Black Church
Chapter 4. Do You Get Down?: Homosex in the South
Chapter 5. Trannies, Transvestites, and Drag Queens, Oh My!: Transitioning the South
Chapter 6. Sweet Magnolias: Love and Relationships
Chapter 7. Of Legends and Young'uns: Black Gay Men across Generations
Epilogue: Why This Story Now?
Appendix: Black Gay Vernacular Terms
Index of Narrators
What People are Saying About This
A compelling archive of stories often left unheard. Stories given magical life in performance by their brilliant archivist. A must read.Houston A. Baker Jr., Distinguished University Professor, Vanderbilt University