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Live Through This
Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race
Clay Cane
ISBN: 9781627782180
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
$16.95
6 x 9
216 pages
June 13, 2017


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This powerful book couldnít come at a more timely juncture. With our deep misunderstanding of racial identity, the murder of transgender women increasing at an alarming rate and the battle of faith and sexual orientation at churches across the country, we are in a cultural war of ideologies. Overwhelming prejudices have constricted our basic capacity for compassion and understanding.

Live Through This is a collection of intimate essays about one manís journey to self-acceptance when his faith, sexuality, and race battled with societal norms. These insightful writings will plant seeds of consideration and inspire readers to stretch beyond stereotypes. By reading stories about the demographics that live on the fringe of traditions, we gain a deeper awareness of our cultural climate and how we can improve it, starting with ourselves.

Clay Cane grew up in Washington State and West Philadelphia. Separately raised by a white mother and a black father, he existed at society's complex intersections. From enduring spiritual violence in the African-American church, to learning unique lessons from transgender sex workers, to living in the double consciousness of blackness and gayness. Each essay combines personal stories with both researched and individual social analysis, using his narrative to highlight the most sidelined of communities. Cane's tender writing gives voice to the voiceless, he tells the stories that haven't been told by traveling beyond the lens of race and sexuality. Live Through This is the new American story.
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