African Americans in the LGBTQ Community
Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On by Dagmawi Woubshet looks at African Americans in the LGBTQ Community.
From these eleven figures alone it’s easy to glean how much the LGBTQ and African American experiences are deeply intertwined. Whether advocating for social justice or creating iconic black art, whether inaugurating the Harlem Renaissance or black feminist thought, LGBTQ African Americans have always stood at the forefront of radical aesthetics and politics. Spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, these extraordinary artists and activists move us with their talent and courage and demand us to realize a more just world.
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The following entries have been selected to help guide readers who want to understand more about LGBTQ African Americans.