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One More River to Cross


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Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Keith teaches politics at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. He earned degrees from both Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, where he studied alongside former president Barack Obama. All four of his books have received nominations for Lambda Literary Awards. In 2013 his book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction.


Boykin, who is black and gay, came out of the closet in 1991 at age 25 while attending Harvard Law School, then went on to serve as special media assistant to President Clinton (1993-1994) as a liaison with the African American and homosexual communities. His important, bridge-building report stakes out common ground between blacks and gays, who share a burden of fighting oppression, negative stereotypes and internalized self-hatred. Boykin discovered an enormous amount of denial‘both by heterosexual blacks who deny the existence of large numbers of black lesbians and gays, and by the white homosexual community, which, he says, excludes or patronizes African Americans, minimizing their contributions to the gay political movement and reinforcing straight society's prejudice. He constructively airs such issues as the black community's failure to address AIDS-related problems, the hostility gay interracial couples face, and the pervasive silence and denial concerning homosexuality by both Christian and Muslim ministers and congregations. Boykin is executive director of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum. (Sept.)

Political activist Boykin records the experiences of black lesbians and gay men in this report, exploring their interactions with the white gay and straight black communities. (LJ 10/15/96)

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