Black and Queer on Campus
Published by: NYU Press
Imprint: New York University Press
Sales Date: 2023-03-21
Published: March 2023
Imprint: New York University Press
Page Count: 288 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
288 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.95 in
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An inside look at Black LGBTQ college students and their experiences
Black and Queer on Campus offers an inside look at what life is like for LGBTQ college students on campuses across the United States. Michael P. Jeffries shows that Black and queer college students often struggle to find safe spaces and a sense of belonging when they arrive on campus at both predominantly white institutions and historically black colleges and universities. Many report that in predominantly white queer social spaces, they feel unwelcome and pressured to temper their criticisms of racism amongst their white peers. Conversely, in predominantly straight Black social spaces, they feel ignored or pressured to minimize their queer identity in order to be accepted. This fraught dynamic has an impact on Black LGBTQ students in higher education, as they experience different forms of marginalization at the intersection of their race, gender, and sexuality.
Drawing on interviews with students from over a dozen colleges, Jeffries provides a new, much-needed perspective on the specific challenges Black LGBTQ students face and the ways they overcome them. We learn through these intimate portraits that despite the gains of the LGBTQ rights movement, many of the most harmful stereotypes and threats to black queer safety continue to haunt this generation of students. We also learn how students build queer identities. The traditional narrative of ?coming out? does not fit most of these students, rather, Jeffries describes a more gradual transition to queer acceptance and pride.
Black and Queer on Campus sheds light on the oft-hidden lives of Black LGBTQ students, and how educational institutions can better serve them. It also highlights the quiet beauty and joy of Black queer social life, and the bonds of friendship that sustain the students and fuel their imagination.
"The stories collected in Black and Queer on Campus challenge most preconceived notions about queer life at historically Black colleges and universities. Relying on qualitative interviews with college students themselves, Michael P. Jeffries provides a cogent, compelling, and much-needed corrective about the history of activism, social movements, and intellectual thought at HBCUs. This groundbreaking book is required reading." E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History
"Michael Jeffries? Black and Queer on Campus is a deeply compelling examination of the daily experiences of Black queer college students. With his particular interest in Black queer life at HBCUs, Jeffries turns much-needed attention to the black ordinary: how Black queer students spend time on campus, participate in campus organizations, and navigate everyday experiences of anti-blackness and homophobia. Jeffries displays a deep respect for his interlocutors? wisdom, and leaves readers with a sense that the future is being actively re-imagined by Black queer college students who work ? individually and collectively, politically and personally ? to dream another world." Jennifer C. Nash, author of Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality
"In this beautifully written book, Michael P. Jeffries reminds us that centering Black queer students is the key to reimagining the possibilities of our colleges and communities. Black queer collegians are part of a long genealogy of resistance and revolution. Their stories show us, too, that there?s magnificence in the mundane. Black and Queer on Campus is must read for all college students and educators." Anthony Christian Ocampo, Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons