Black, male and tender – opinion piece in Attitude magazine

Why aren’t we telling the stories of queer Black men? 

Racial profiling is real. We all know it. It comes to us, even if we are not affected ourselves, through the news, in conversations with friends and colleagues, through Black Lives Matter protests and hashtags, through the knowledge that black and brown bodies are not viewed as neutral. But what rings wider than a distorted view on black and brown men is the lack of a view; the fact that we hardly see them in caring situations, open to each other, vulnerable, gentle.

Where is that favourite character of African descent in the media who you pine over because he would understand you like no other? Who is cool, quick mouthed, good looking, hot in fact, and somehow tough – in a good way – but who can hold you as gently and tightly as only a true bestie can?

Read the full essay here

 

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