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 Topic: US: On Black Gay Men, Masculinity and Our Fathers

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Posted: 10 Jan 2006, 9:39 am    Post subject: US: On Black Gay Men, Masculinity and Our Fathers Reply with quote

I wanted to share this article here:

"Us: On Black Gay Men, Masculinity and Our Fathers"

Years ago, before it closed down, I frequented a bathhouse that catered specifically to black and Latino men. One evening, I ran into an old friend there and we sat down on a bench, marveling at the men who walked past us. These gay men weren’t “queens” or “queers” as we’d always defined the term, but “real” men. Or as my friend cackled, “Men, Honey, men!” On the street, day-to-day, “real-life” men, construction-working, truck-driving men, the kind of man you’d never call “her” when you talked about him behind his back. (As in, “Do you know what she said to me at the bar last night?”) These men had broad necks and shoulders, muscles boiling under the skin, and the balls of their feet made little earthshaking booms when they walked.
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