"Criminal neglect"

From Gay San Diego

I know I usually write a review of a particular book and celebrate its creative power. I have decided to do something slightly different for this holiday season. I want to talk about writer’s lives and I am going to use a particular writer, Emanuel Xavier to demonstrate some general trends for LGBT writers of color.

The life of a queer writer is an undeniably hard one. Add to that being “of color” in a world where white still reigns supreme and the journey toward being able to support yourself economically and socially through your art is treacherous, indeed. It is a fact that we have lost many of our writers and as a result their works are no longer with us. Writers like Assotto Saint, Melvin Dixon, Carol LaFavor, Pat Parker, Arturo Islas, and Essex Hemphill are not well known and their books are out of print despite all being talented artists. And it seems as though history continues repeating itself.

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