The American South, with its complex legacy of slavery, segregation and religious fervor has created a rather unique social structure.
African American gay men have learned to navigate this conservative environment to not only survive but to thrive in the small towns and big cities of the South.
While at a friend’s cookout, writer and performer E. Patrick Johnson encountered a group of older gay black Southern gentlemen sitting around telling stories about what it was like to be gay back in the day. Wanting to hear more about their experience, E. Patrick embarked on an adventure, traveling the Southland, interviewing over 70 gay black men of all ages.
Today E. Patrick Johnson joins us to talk about his book “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South,” his collection of the funny, touching and fascinating stories he found.
E. Patrick is now touring the country performing “Pouring Tea” his one man show based on the book.
Listen as we talk about the complex relationship between gay men and their communities including the ties to their churches and their families.
Breaking the myth that it’s more difficult to live in the south.
E. Patrick Johnson- Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South: Amazon