Sulaimon Giwa’s aptly named Racism and Gay Men of Color arrives at a time when many of the sociocultural issues it raises have come to national attention. Yet gay men of color in Canadian GLBT communities are still subject to racism and excluded, both online and offline. If a gay man of color is not the “right” color, he is often the recipient of stereotypical racial epithets and denied sexual approbation within an erotic world where sexual desires are structured along the lines of race, ethnicity, age, disability, and class. Giwa warns against the denial that underlies much of this monolithic racism and highlights the strategies used by gay men of color to counter racism in their communities and to lead strong, effective lives. This important book will inspire advocates and activists, students and scholars, and will become indispensable in university and college courses on sexuality and race studies.
Sulaimon Giwa is assistant professor and associate dean of undergraduate programs insocial work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and endowed chair in criminology and criminal justice at St. Thomas University.
Foreword by C. Winter Han
Chapter 1:Contextual and Conceptual Foundations of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities: The Racism-Health-Coping Connection
Chapter 2:Excavating Racism in Gay Men’s Communities
Chapter 3:Sociospatial Contexts of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 4:Causes and Factors Contributing to Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 5:Coping Strategies for Confronting Racism in Gay Men’s Communities in Ottawa
Chapter 6:Coping Strategies: What Works and Does Not Work for Gay Men of Color?
Chapter 7:Weaving the Tales: Bringing It All Together
Conclusion: Addressing Racism in Gay Men’s Communities: A Call to Action
Racism and Gay Men of Color examines the complexities and everyday experiences of racism. Thoughtfully written, and grounded in a range of critical theories, minority stress syndrome is utilized to highlight coping responses to racism in the dominant white gay and same gender loving communities, making the text a superb and timely contribution. This book illuminates an understanding of structural and systemic racism from which analysis of social action and social changes are brought into view. Sulaimon Giwa pushes the boundaries of critical theories of race, sexuality, and wellbeing.