Black Like Us

Black Like Us

A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction
October 2011
Trade Paperback · 555 Pages
$24.95 U.S. · €17.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781573447140
Cleis Press


"This rich anthology will take your breath away." — The Advocate

"Skillfully unfolds the black queer voice." — Out Magazine

"This enormously powerful and expansive book covers the eras from 1900 to 2000 in dozens of entries that showcase writers who are household names, and others who aren’t, as America experienced sea changes around gender, race, and sexual orientation."

—The Urban News

"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