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Common Read at CC 2021-22

This guide accompanies the book for CC's Common Read Program.

Quote from book

“Too few are asking us the questions to get to the depths of black queer boys' traumas. What is it that you desire but have been denied? What is that you need to feel safe? How do you actually feel about the person you had sex with? What is it about him you desire? What are the sources of your pain? Who hurt you? Who first told you that your sexual desires and attractions were wrong? Does it feel better when you use a condom? Do you feel more connected when you don't use a condom at all? What is it about that particular connection that fulfills you? To ask those questions would mean black boys and men would have to be seen, first, as bleeding, crying, vulnerable and sometimes resilient human persons. We are breakable...Black same-sex love is revolutionary because we must first convince ourselves we are deserving of receiving and giving what has been denied us for so long.”
No Ashes in the Fire

LGBT Youth

Gay Pride | History, Flag, & Facts
Gay Pride - LGBT & Queer Voices
Newark Pride, Inc - creates engaging, safe, and empowering events for the members of the LGBTQ Community
African American Office of Gay Concerns - provides HIV/AIDS prevention services to the greater Newark area


Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, the health needs of LGBT Youth can differ from their heterosexual peers. Check out LGBT | and LGBTQ Youth Resources
Trevor Project - A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386

The Black LGBTQ+ Community

Organizations that serve the Black LGBTQ+ Community - ItGetsBetter.Org

Homophobia and Minorities

Homophobia in ethnic minority communities creates a double bind for LGBT ethnic minorities. Members of these groups experience racial and ethnic discrimination from wider society in addition to homophobia within their ethnic/racial groups. This intersection of multiple forms of discrimination creates a triple threat for LGBT people of color.

(Balsam, Kimberly; Molina, Yamile; Beadnell, Blair; Simoni, Jane; Walters, Karina (2011). "Measuring Multiple Minority Stress: The LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale". Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 17 (2): 163–174. doi:10.1037/a0023244. PMC 4059824. PMID 21604840

To find related articles, look at the other Cited by 902 works most of which are available via Tutt Library subscriptions.

New HIV Infections by Race and Transmission Group

“During my late adolescence, never once did a doctor ask me, while administering an HIV test, if I experienced love or rejection, connection or estrangement. ...Humans feel, but subjects report.” ― from No Ashes in the Fire