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Name:  Max Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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Smith lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Max Smith is a lifelong political and cultural activist. A graduate of Michigan State University, he was a founder of United Faith Affinitas Church, the Chicago chapter of National Coalition of Black Gays, served as president of Adodi Chicago, and has written columns in Blacklines and Identity magazines. He authored the forward-looking essay By the Year 2000 in In The Life: A Black Gay Anthology. He also edited Staying Power, a book on black male same gender loving relationships.


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African America's 3rd Rail, SGL
ISBN: 0615282067

Smith. 2009

African Americans have thoughts and ideas regarding same gender love (SGL) that rarely are informed by the experiences of openly SGL people who live within black communities. This book links racism to homophobia and economic exploitation due to the history of Africans in America learning Christianity during slavery, when literacy and criticism of the social order were forbidden. The first generation of black Americans to actively fight racism, sexism, and homophobia, in the first decade of the twenty-first century, have reached middle age. This book documents many actual events that resulted in very different ways of thinking among same gender loving people of African descent in America. This book seeks to open a dialog between same gender loving people within the African American community and heterosexuals who may have outdated or homophobic views, and to promote human rights for all people.