Documentary Shows What It's Like To Be Young, Black and Gay

The Advocate
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March 14, 2013
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Amir Dixon's recently released documentary, Friend of Essex, explores the lives of young black gay men and the struggles they face.

Dixon, 23, packed the film with one-on-one and group interviews, and jarring narratives that probe the difficult questions surrounding masculinity, identity, sexuality, and race. Viewers get a closer look at the black LGBT church, notions of masculinity within gay culture, and most powerfully, the mask worn by many within the young black gay community.