‘For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide’ author Keith Boykin visits Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
Author and media commentator Keith Boykin preparing to speak at the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition gathering at Club Café in Boston
Have you heard of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover?
Author and media commentator Keith Boykin visited a standing-room-only gathering of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) of Boston over the weekend to talk about the underreported concerns of gay and queer Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, as the title of his new collection of essays, which he edited, puts it.
Boykin pointed out that many people are familiar with Tyler Clementi, who was the gay man who committed suicide in New Jersey after his roommate recorded him with his boyfriend, but that few know of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover.
Walker-Hoover was also bullied as being gay, to the point of committing suicide. He lived in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was 11 years old when he took his life. Oh, and Walker-Hoover was black.
Writers with New England connections are represented in the over forty works in the volume. In addition to Boykin, who attended Harvard Law School, the book includes a story by Boston Spirit magazine’s Pride issue cover boy from a couple of years ago Jamal Brown, who worked for GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) before moving to Washington, D.C. to work in the White House.
For more information about For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough check out the book's website: 4coloredboys.com.
For more information about the The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), which has an active roster of activities planned for the fall, including an LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference, check out its website at www.hbgc-boston.org.
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