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Sweet tea : Black gay men of the South

Author: E Patrick Johnson
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2008.
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"Giving voice to a population rarely acknowledged in southern history, Sweet Tea collects life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the southern United States. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as 'backward' or 'repressive, ' suggesting that these men draw upon the performance of 'southernness'--politeness, coded speech, and religiosity, for example--to  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E Patrick Johnson
ISBN: 080783209X 9780807832097
OCLC Number: 193902257
Notes: "A Caravan book"--Title page verso.
"An oral history"--Jacket.
Description: xiii, 570 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Some bitter and some sweet : growing up Black and gay in the South --
Coming out and turning the closet inside out --
Church sissies : gayness and the Black church --
Do you get down? : homosex in the South --
Trannies, transvestites, and drag queens, oh my! : transitioning the South --
Sweet magnolias : love and relationships --
Of legends and young'uns : Black gay men across generations --
Epilogue: Why this story now?
Responsibility: E. Patrick Johnson.
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