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12022-01-19T09:41:34-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12133Homoeroticism Tagplain2023-05-19T11:27:30-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1Here we are collecting writings by Black writers that explicitly thematize same sex desire, queer desire, or LGBTQIA identities. Writers like Countee Cullen, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Alain Locke have been described by biographers as gay; several of their peers might today be understood as queer or bisexual (i.e., Langston Hughes and Claude McKay). The writer Angelina Weld Grimke is thought to have had a relationship with a woman as a teenager; not much is known about her personal life as an adult.
There is an excellent overview of "The Harlem Renaissance in Black Queer History" here.