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Evidence of BeingThe Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence$
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Darius Bost

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226589794

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226589961.001.0001

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On Black Gay Being

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Evidence of Being

Darius Bost

University of Chicago Press

Evidence of Being explores how black gay men have created selves and communities amidst the ubiquitous forces of anti-gay and anti-black violence that targeted them. It also examines how structural violence—racism, capitalism, homophobia, and AIDS—and responses to it shaped black gay identity and community formation, as well as black gay aesthetics and cultural production. It does so by exploring the renaissance of black gay cultural production in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, focusing in particular on cultural formations in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Though the forces of anti-black and anti-gay violence converged at the site of the black gay body during this historical moment to mark black gay personhood as a site of double cremation, this convergence of anti-black and anti-gay violence also created the conditions of possibility for a black gay cultural renaissance.

Keywords:   structural violence, racism, capitalism, homophibia, AIDS, black, African American, cultural production, Washington, D.C, New York City

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