Black and Pink: A Quick Look at Queer Black History

Gladys Bentley: King of the Harlem Renaissance

Bentley in her trademark white dress suit

Lorraine Hansberry: A Lady in the Sun

Lorriane, pictured with a type riter

Bruce Nugent: A Scholar and Poet

Bruce pictured with an unnamed, no-neck friend
A man of many talents, Rustin also taught himself how to play the lute

Essex Hemphill: The Man with the Magic Pen

A prolific writer, Essex created many poems and helped edit collections of poetry written by other gay black men

Sylvester: The Undisputed Queenof Disco

Sylvester always killed it when it came to his appearance and fashion

Big Freedia: The Queen Diva

I have nothing to add, Freedia looks amazing

What to Learn More?

  • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis by Kevin Mumford
  • Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance) by James F. Wilson
  • There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life by Jafari S. Allen
  • Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by A. B. Christa Schwarz
  • Brother to Brother: New Writing by Black Gay Men by Essex Hemphill
  • Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin B. Dubermen
  • In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology by Joseph Beam
  • Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson
  • Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance: Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce by Richard Bruce Nugent, edited by Thomas H. Wirth
  • Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin by Bayard Rustin (Author), edited by Devon W. Carbado and Don Weise

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