Black Like Us, 2nd Edition
A Century of Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual African American Fiction
Winner of the 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Fiction Anthology
Showcasing the work of literary giants like Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and writers whom readers may be surprised to learn were "in the life," Black Like Us is the most comprehensive collection of fiction by African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual writers ever published. From the Harlem Renaissance to the Great Migration of the Depression era, from the postwar civil rights, feminist, and gay liberation movements, to the unabashedly complex sexual explorations of the present day, Black Like Us accomplishes a sweeping survey of 20th century literature.
"This rich anthology will take your breath away." — The Advocate
"Skillfully unfolds the black queer voice." — Out Magazine
"Black Like Us unlocks the closet of black lesbian, gay, and bisexual writing." — Keith Boykin, author of One More River to Cross
"A phenomenal pioneering anthology." — Ann Allen Shockley, author of Loving Her
"Black Like Us thoughtfully shapes and lovingly nurtures a literary tradition that has been marginalized for too long. An absorbing and enlightening encounter with compelling American literature." — John D'Emilio, author of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
"A vital achievement." — George Chauncey, author of Gay New York
"An exceptionally fine read and a rich resource for all of us." —Robert L. Allen, co-editor of Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
"Black Like Us refuses to separate the histories and imaginations of Black America and Queer America. In so doing, it becomes a model for a more insightful and useful cultural discussion, one that has importance for all of American culture." —Joan Nestle, co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union
Devon W. Carbado is the editor of Black Men on Race, Gender, and Sexuality. He lives in Los Angeles. Dwight A. McBride is the chairman of the African American Studies Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Donald Weise, the editor of Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking, lives in New York City.