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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 025. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/696.

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(2003-06-27). Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 025. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/696

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 24 JUNE 27. 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE ISN'T IT TIME? hii« GET TESTED FREE ANONYMOUS HIV/STD TESTING Houston Area Community Services 3730 Kirby Dr. Suite 1165 • Houston, TX 77098 713-526-0555 ext. 226 "GO ON A JOURNEY FOR LIFE" 'PURCHASE" ANY NEW VOLVO VIA THE VOLVO OVERSEAS DELIVERY PROGRAM AND YOU WILL RECEIVE TWO COMPLIMENTARY ROUND TRIP AIR FARES TO EUROPE AND ONE NIGHT HOTEL IN GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN. Generous savings on the U.S. MSRP and even more generous travel offer. For more information contact: Tina Harris at 713.868.6844. OVERSEAS DELIVERY Tina Harris • 713.868.6844 tharris@starmotorcars.com www.volvocars.us/overseas KEVIN RIORDAN The Queen of Harlem' novelist is not his own title character, and being out in interviews serves a larger purpose. Black gay author 'represents' YES, BRIAN KEITH JACKSON IS GAY and lives in arguably the most famous black neighborhood in the country. And yes, his latest novel is titled "The Queen of Harlem." But this vivid and insightful book, which has been likened to an African- American "Breakfast at Tiffany's," is not an autobiography in fictional drag. "I am not the Queen of Harlem," the 35-year-old author says recently from his home in the storied neighborhood where his third novel is set. "I wanted to create a book about identity, and perception," Jackson says. "There's no better city in the world to do that than New York, and I've had a fascination with Harlem for a long time. I wanted to explore what Harlem means to people." Jackson moved to Harlem's West Side two years ago, and like his narrator, Mason Randolph, the author — who was born in New Orleans — grew up in a well- off Southern family. BUT MASON, WHO TAKES THE NAME Malik and disguises his upscale origins when he moves uptown, is thoroughly heterosexual. He's smitten with the glamorous Carmen — the "queen" of the title — and with Kyra, a wealthy Columbia University student. Jackson says writing characters "is not always fun for me." But Carmen — a wise and witty diva whose social network seems to include every bold-faced name in New York's gossip columns — was "very fun" to write, he says. "Everybody has a little Carmen in them," Jackson says. "I honestly believe that. She's grand... but she's aware." Like Mason/Malik, Carmen recreates herself in a neighborhood not only historically famous for its artists, musicians and writers, but more recently renowned for a surge in the value of its residential and commercial real estate. Hamstrung for decades by the neglect, decay and drugs that afflict many city neighborhoods, Harlem is hip again. Jackson wanted to explore what it means to be a young black'man in a place where so much is changing — and not always in a positive direction, he says. With its contrasting scenes of blue-collar and upper crust black life, "The Queen of Harlem" is more concerned with class than race or sexual orientation. JACKSON WAS A CONTRIBUTOR TO "Shade," a 1996 anthology of fiction by black gay men, but until recently tended to be publicly circumspect about his sexual orientation in interviews as well as in his work. Even though he does live in New York's famous black neighborhood, gay writer Brian Keith Jackson does not refer to himself in the title of his third novel. The Queen of Harlem.' "It takes a great deal to be who you are," Jackson says, comparing Carmen's fiercely proud act of self-creation to the ongoing process of being gay in a straight world. "I basically identify as gay," he adds. "I've never tried to hide it. It's a non-issue to me." Besides, he's too busy: Jackson is writing a screenplay based on "The Queen of Harlem," working on a one-man play in which he will star, and getting started on a new novel. "(The new novel] is going to be about how people have relationships based on the free minutes of their cell phones," he hints. Jackson also admits that being out in recent interviews promotes his work and his date-ability. But it has another, larger purpose, he says. "It's about representation," he says. "About having faces to see. Tf your face is in a magazine, and you're a novelist, and some kid is in a dentist's office and sees you, that kid knows it's possible. "When I was a kid. I didn't see many black faces when I was flipping through the magazines," he adds. "I have to go out and be a face." f) FOR MORE INFO The Queen of Hariem' by Brian Keith Jackson Broadway Books 256 pages. $12.95
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