Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (Hardcover)

Black Gay Men of the South

By E. Patrick Johnson

University of North Carolina Press, 9780807832097, 570pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008



Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, "Sweet Tea" collects more than sixty life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as "backward" or "repressive" and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partners--often in spaces and activities that appear to be antigay. Ultimately, "Sweet Tea" validates the lives of these black gay men and reinforces the role of storytelling in both African American and southern cultures.