“Masculinity isn’t really a thing because everybody defines masculinity differently,” argues prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist Georges M Johnson who uses the pronouns them/they. In this episode of Cry Like a Boy the author of critically-acclaimed memoir ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ addresses the questions about race, identity, and gender.
They also speak about how opening up about their experiences as a queer black person living in the U.S. changed their life.
From the memories of getting bullied at the age of five to their first sexual relationships, Georges M Johnson explores queer sexuality and encourages Black queer people to stand up for their identity.
Johnson’s book 'All boys aren't blue' focuses on the challenges of growing up in a Black community in the US and being queer. “We don't separate our blackness from our queerness,” Johnson says.
This is a special spin-off episode of Cry Like a Boy hosted by Mame Peya Diaw and produced by Naira Davlashyan and Marta Rodriguez Martinez.
If you want to listen to the first season of Cry Like a Boy, a podcast that takes you on a journey to 5 African countries to meet men who are challenging gender stereotypes, click here. You can also listen to it in French under the name Dans La Tête Des Hommes.