Books, Academic Articles & Research Studies
The following readings are by, for, or about queer people of color. This is not a full and complete listing.
Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity
Author: E. Patrick Johnson (Duke University Press, 2003).
Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines how blackness is appropriated and performed—toward widely divergent ends—both within and outside African American culture.
Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”
Author: Kathryn Bond Stockton (Duke University Press Books, 2006).
Shame, Kathryn Bond Stockton argues in Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame, has often been a meeting place for the signs “black” and “queer” and for black and queer people—overlapping groups who have been publicly marked as degraded and debased.
Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America
Author: Will Roscoe (Palagrave Macmillian, 2000).
Gender diversity—in the form of third and fourth gender roles—is one of the most common and least understood features of native North America. Such roles have been documented in over 150 tribes throughout the continent.
Contested Issues in Student Affairs: Diverse Perspectives and Respectful
Editors: Peter Mark Magolda and Marcia B. Baxter Magolda (Stylus Publishing, 2011).
Contested Issues in Student Affairs augments traditional introductory handbooks that focus on functional areas (e.g., residence life, career services) and organizational issues.
Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability,
Author: Robert McRuer (NYU Press Academic, 2006).
Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as “normal” or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other.
Culture centers in higher education: Perspectives on identity, theory, and
Editor: Dr. Lori Patton (Stylus Publishing, 2010).
This book offers the historic background to their establishment and development, considers the circumstances that led to their creation, examines the roles they play on campus, explores their impact on retention and campus climate, and provides guidelines for their management in the light of current issues and future directions.
Cultural Erotics in Cuban America
Author: Ricardo L. Ortíz (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
Ricardo L. Ortíz addresses the question of Cuban-American diaspora and cultural identity by exploring the practices in such U.S. cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Highlighting various forms of cultural expression, Cultural Erotics in Cuban America traces underrepresented communities responses to the threat of cultural disappearance in a hegemonic U.S. culture.
Author: Joseph A. Massad (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
In the past, Westerners viewed the Arab world as licentious, and Western intolerance of sex led them to brand Arabs as decadent; but as Western society became more sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs soon became viewed as backward. Rather than focusing exclusively on how these views developed in the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires.
Disidentifications: Queers of Color and The Performance of Politics
Author: Jose Esteban Muñoz (University of Minnesota Press, 1999).
There is more to identity than identifying with one’s culture or standing solidly against it. José Esteban Muñoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture—not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes.
Gay Hegemony/Latino Homosexualities
Author: Manolo Guzmán (Routledge, 2005).
The book argues that gayness is a social formation structured by the racial distinction between blackness and whiteness in the United States and that, as such, the formation gayness is not racially or nationally innocent. Thus, Latinidad, thoroughly shaped by mythologies of racial syncretism, provides a perfect contrast in teasing out the racial undergirding of American gayness.
Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora
Author: Martin Manalansan IV (Duke University Press, 2003).
A vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City, Global Divas challenges beliefs about the progressive development of a gay world and the eventual assimilation of all queer folks into gay modernity.
Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
Author: Gayatri Gopinath (Duke University Press, 2005).
By bringing queer theory to bear on ideas of diaspora, Gayatri Gopinath focuses on queer female diasporic subjectivity, Gopinath develops a theory of diaspora apart from the logic of blood, authenticity, and patrilineal descent that she argues invariably forms the core of conventional formulations.
Q & A: Queer in Asian America
Editors: David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom (Temple University Press, 1998).
The writers, activists, essayists, and artists who contribute to this volume consider how Asian-American racial identity and queer sexuality interconnect in mutually shaping and complicating ways.
Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces
Author: Juana María Rodríguez (NYU Press, 2003).
According to the 2000 census, Latinos/as have become the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. Mainstream news and in popular culture suggest a Latin Explosion at center stage, yet the
topic of queer identity in relation to Latin@ America remains under examined.
Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard
Author: Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
The story of a Latino runaway youth who ends up homeless in the streets of New York in the late 70s and partners the 1980s Pop artist Keith Haring during some of the most productive years of his brief life, as told to the author and retold by him.
Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Mahgreb,
Author: Jarrod Hayes (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
In this incisive postcolonial study, Jarrod Hayes uses literary analysis to examine how Francophone novelists from the Maghreb engaged in a diametric nation-building project.
Queer Race: Cultural Interventions in the Racial Politics of Queer Theory
Author: Ian Barnard (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2004).
One of the first extended and theoretically informed investigations of queer theory’s racial inscription, Queer Race understands race as inextricably sexualized, as sexuality is always racially marked. The book critically explores intellectual and political deployments of the term “queer”, gay pornographic videos about South Africa, contemporary literary representations of interracial gay desire, the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, and Jeffrey Dahmer’s criminal trial.
Queering Mestizaje: Transculturation and Performance
Author: Alicia Arrizón (University of Michigan Press, 2006).
Queering Mestizaje employs theories of postcolonial cultural studies (including performance studies, queer and feminist theory) to examine the notion of mestizaje—the mixing of races, and specifically indigenous peoples, with European colonizers—and how this phenomenon manifests itself in three geographically diverse spaces: the United States, Latin America, and the Philippines.
Some of Us Did Not Die
Author: June Jordan (Basic Civitas Books, 2009).
Some of Us Did Not Die brings together a rich sampling of the late poet June Jordan’s prose writings. The essays in this collection, which include her last writings and span the length of her extraordinary career, reveal Jordan as an incisive analyst of the personal and public costs of remaining committed to the ideal and practice of democracy.
That’s So Gay!: Microagressions and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual, and
Author: Kevin Nadal (American Psychological Association, 2013).
A thought-provoking review of the literature on discrimination and microaggressions toward LGBT people.
The Zuni Man-Woman
Author: Will Roscoe (University of New Mexico Press, 1992).
The Zuni Man-Woman explores a fascinating Native American tradition that until recently has been almost entirely overlooked—the role of the berdache or two spirit (a term preferred by many contemporary native people), a status that once existed in tribes throughout native North America.
Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latin/o America
Author: José Quiroga (NYU Press reference, 2000).
From its sweaty beats to the pulsating music on the streets, Latin@ America is perceived in the United States as the land of heat, the toy store for Western sex. It is the territory of magical fantasy and of revolutionary threat, where topography is the travel guide of desire, directing imperial voyeurs to the exhibition of the flesh.
Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics
in the United States
Author: Monish Das Gupta (Duke University Press Books, 2006).
Das Gupta offers an ethnography of seven South Asian organizations in the northeastern United States, looking at their development and politics as well as the conflicts that have emerged within the groups over questions of sexual, class, and political identities.
Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
Author: Urvashi Vaid (Anchor, 1996).
Since the decade to lift the ban on gays in the military, the emergence of gay conservatives, and the onslaught of anti-gay initiatives across America, the gay and lesbian community has been asking itself tough questions: Where should the movement go? What do we want?
With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians
Author: Catrióna Rueda-Esquibel (University of Texas Press, 2009).
Esquibel starts from the premise that Chicana/o communities, theories, and feminisms cannot be fully understood without taking account of the perspectives and experiences of Chicana lesbians. She engages in close readings of works centered around the following themes: La Llorona, the Aztec Princess, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, girlhood friendships, rural communities and history, and Chicana activism.
Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual
Anxieties of Iranian Modernity
Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi (University of California Press, 2005).
Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality.
Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of modern culture and politics in Iran.
Book of Salt: A Novel
Author: Monique Truong (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004).
In Paris, in 1934, Bình has accompanied his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to the train station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with “the Steins,” stay in France, or return to his native Vietnam? Before Bình’s decision is revealed, his mesmerizing narrative catapults us back to his youth in French-colonized Vietnam.
Author: Shyam Selvadurai (McClelland & Stewart, 1997).
Arjie Chelvaratnam, at the age of 7, prefers dressing up in a sari and playing bridebride with his girl cousin to cricket. He is forced out of the world of the girls. A lonely outsider, he attaches himself to various sympathetic adults, whose own trajectories and dilemmas reveal to Arjie the difficulties of following one’s desires.
Borderlands/La Frontera: the New Mestiza
Author: Gloria Anzaldúa (Aunt Lute Books, 1987/2012 4th edition).
Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity.
Crazy Brave: A Memoir
Author: Joy Harjo (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012).
In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of the leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet.
I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman
Author: Toni Newman (CREATESPACE, 2011).
“I Rise”, is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an effeminate, conflicted male to a proud, educated transsexual. You will follow Toni on her rise from a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need.
Author: Audre Lorde (Crossing Press, 1984/2012).
In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. These landmark writings are, in Lorde’s own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is. . . .”
The Fire Next Time
Author: James Baldwin (Vintage, 1963).
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.
A Lotus of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian
Author: Rakesh Ratti (Alyson Publications, 1993).
This is an extremely important collection of works on gay and lesbian themes from South Asia for two reasons. Firstly, the genres are authentic, and not filtered through the lenses of Western scholars. Secondly, it successfully relates the context in which homosexual identity is constructed in South Asia.
Among the Blood People: Politics and Flesh
Editor: Thomas Glave (Akashic, 2013).
Each essay in the volume reveals a passionate commitment to social justice and human truth. Whether confronting Jamaica’s prime minister on antigay bigotry, contemplating the risks and seductions of “outlawed” sex, exploring a world of octopuses and men performing somersaults in the Caribbean Sea, or challenging repressive tactics employed at the University of Cambridge, Glave expresses the observations of a global citizen with the voice of a poet.
For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still
Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home
Editor: Keith Boykin (Magnus Books, 2012).
“For Colored Boys”, addresses longstanding issues of sexual abuse, suicide, HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia in the African American and Latino communities, and more specifically among young gay men of color. The book tells stories of real people coming of age, coming out, dealing with religion and spirituality, seeking love and relationships, finding their own identity in or out of the LGBT community, and creating their own sense of political empowerment.
Academic Articles & Research Studies:
Battle, J.,Pastrana Jr. J., & Daniels J. (2013). Social Justice Sexuality Survey. New York, NY. Retrieved from http://www.socialjusticesexuality.com/
Misawa, M. (2010). Racist and homophobic bullying in adulthood: Narratives from gay men of color in higher education. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 24(1), 7-23.
Misawa, M. (2004). The intersection of race and sexual orientation in adult and higher education: Creating inclusive environments for gay men of color (Doctoral dissertation, University of Alaska Anchorage).
Misawa, M. (2009). Where is our citizenship in academia? Experiences of gay men of color in higher education. Adult and higher education in queer contexts: Power, politics, and pedagogy, 111-126.
Poynter, K. J., & Washington, J. (2005). Multiple identities: Creating community on campus for LGBT students. New Directions for Student Services, 2005(111), 41-47.