For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home by bestselling author Keith Boykin is a must read. The book has recently been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Keith Boykin is the founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition. He is also a popular TV commentator, inspirational speaker, and New York Times best-selling author. Boykin has also provided political commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC, and he previously co-hosted the weekly TV series “My Two Cents” on BET Networks.
Boykin has traveled extensively across four continents, and was appointed by President Bill Clinton, along with Coretta Scott King and Reverend Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe.
For Colored Boys is designed to educate and inspire those seeking to overcome their own obstacles in their own lives. The book is a collection of writings by forty-four black, gay and transgender individuals; also inspired by playwright Ntozake Shange’s 1974 iconic choreopoem.
“[W]e must tell our own stories,” declares Boykin, in his introduction, which shares the disheartening story of an eleven-year-old black student who hanged himself after months of enduring harassment and anti-gay bullying.
For Colored Boys addresses longstanding issues of sexual abuse, suicide, HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia in the African American and Latino communities and among young gay men of color. The book tells stories of real people coming of age, coming out, dealing with religion and spirituality, seeking love and relationships, finding their own identity in or out of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, and creating their own sense of political empowerment.
Boykin’s books have been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award: One More River to Cross, Respecting The Soul (which won the Lambda Literary Award) and Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America.