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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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“The Future Is Very Uncertain”

“The Future Is Very Uncertain”

Black Gay Self-Making in Melvin Dixon’s Diaries

(p.95) Four “The Future Is Very Uncertain”
Evidence of Being

Darius Bost

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the diaries of Melvin Dixon, which he kept diaries from 1965 until 1991. Together, they comprise one of the most extensive accounts of black gay social life in the post-Stonewall era. It challenges dominant theorizations of the AIDS diary by positioning Dixon’s struggles against AIDS within a history of anti-gay and anti-black violence that was indexed in his diaries since the 1970s. Centering emotions of uncertainty and self-doubt, the chapter shows how the diary operated as a mode of self-making for Dixon in the context of the persisting negativities of post-Stonewall life.

Keywords:   emotion, diary, HIV/AIDS, Melvin Dixon

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