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Sweet Tea
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents/Maps and Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1 Some Bitter and Some Sweet: Growing Up Black and Gay in the South
  2. pp. 24-108
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  1. 2 Coming Out and Turning the Closet Inside Out
  2. pp. 109-181
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  1. 3 Church Sissies: Gayness and the Black Church
  2. pp. 182-255
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  1. 4 Do You Get Down?: Homosex in the South
  2. pp. 256-337
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  1. 5 Trannies, Transvestites, and Drag Queens, Oh My!: Transitioning the South
  2. pp. 338-429
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  1. 6 Sweet Magnolias: Love and Relationships
  2. pp. 430-472
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  1. 7 Of Legends and Young’uns: Black Gay Men across Generations
  2. pp. 473-544
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  1. Epilogue: Why This Story Now?
  2. pp. 545-548
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  1. Appendix 1. Black Gay Vernacular Terms
  2. pp. 549-558
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  1. Appendix 2. Sweet Tea Recipes and Stories
  2. pp. 559-564
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 565-568
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 569-571
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  1. Index of Narrators
  2. pp. 573-574
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 575-576
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