In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.
April 28, 2020  |  320 pages
(Rated on Jun 16, 2020)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
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This is a remarkable memoir by George M. Johnson. Amongst other things, he is an award winning journalist and activist. This book is an absolute must for queer black kids. Johnson captures his life on the page with authenticity and candor. The book isn't so much a traditional memoir as it is a collections of snapshots in the form of essays. Johnson covers so many topics in the book: being a young black. man, being queer, being queer and black, having his teeth kicked in as a child, toxic mas  (+2 votes)