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"Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race"...

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Rutgers University - Newark

Dana Room, 4th Floor, John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Avenue

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Clay Cane’s collection of personal essays is a cathartic journey on the nuances of race, class, gender, sexuality, and faith. With honesty and humor, Cane candidly reflects on the heartbreaking, inspirational and unforgettable moments in his life. The narrative explores his diverse racial identity, searching for his "tribe" as a black gay man, growing up in Philadelphia and Washington State during the 1980s and 1990s, and eventually moving to New York City. Combined with the influence of pop culture, these factors influenced and shaped his identity within the intersectional space of the black and LGBT communities. In addition, Live Through This is a direct response to Trump-era politics. Through the art of storytelling, the communities most disenfranchised are represented in the book: undocumented workers, transgender women of color, queer people, single mothers, poor whites and how these various identities intersect. Under our current political climate, marginalized communities are most at risk. Live Through This delivers an emotional narrative that needs to be heard, respected and understood, now, more than ever.

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Clay Cane is an award-winning journalist, author, and television personality. He is the creator and director of the original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, which earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism. He is also the recipient of the Gay Men of African Descent’s 2016 James Baldwin Revolutionary Award. Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, Clay’s diverse background inspires him to deliver edgy commentary that provides sharp, witty, incisive and raw analysis on culture. For more information, visit claycane.net.


This event is presented by the Department of African American and African Studies and co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.

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