E. Patrick Johnson-Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History

E. Patrick Johnson

Bio

E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, E. Patrick Johnson's work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region's thriving black lesbian communities.

Interviewer: Representative Park Cannon

Park Cannon is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing Midtown, Downtown, and Southwest Atlanta. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Representative Cannon said “We need to trust black women!” Park is openly queer and a founding member of the Equality Caucus, and she works as an advocate for LGBTQ and minority visibility in the South. She serves as secretary for the Women’s Caucus and on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities–all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, E. Patrick Johnson’s work vividly enriches the historical record of radicalized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region’s thriving black lesbian communities.

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