21 Stories on the Black and Latino 'Coming Out' Experience

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HGBC) will celebrate the release of its first anthology publication this Sunday afternoon in Boston. The anthology highlights 21 experiences of Black and Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer individuals of color. Shout It OUT: Coming Out Black and Brown narrates these experiences through poetry, prose, letters and personal reflections. It also includes stories such as the Caribbean gay men, the Latina revolutionary and an individuals’ battle with the church.

Co-Editor and Chair of the HBGC Board of Directors, Uriah Bell stated:

“We’re in a time when visibility is a double-edged sword. As people of color we’re more visible in mainstream media, but we continue to hold ‘supporting positions’…the call to action was not to wait for someone, anyone to highlight our stories, the call to action was to gather together and tell our individual and collective truths.”

The official book release party is slated to take place on Saturday, April 15, 2012 from 2-5 pm at Club Café in Boston. This event is free and open to the public.

More information on purchasing the anthology or HBGC can be found at their web site. The proceeds generated will benefit HBGC programming and operational support.

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