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Gay writer E Lynn Harris dies aged 54

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  1. Simon Murphy 27 Jul 2009, 10:53am

    That’s sad. He was a good writer who wrote very interesting books on black gay life – and with a lot of emphasis on ‘down-low’ activity. It seemed that christianity among black gay men is a huge stumbling block to self acceptance as their christian churches are not tolerant or accepting. According to Harris many black, gay men seem to find it difficult to reject their christian upbringing thereby cursing themselves to a life of lies.

  2. Never read any of his books before although I must say that anyone who becomes a male cheerleader has to have a fair pair of balls! I might actually look into reading him as he sounds quite interesting. R.I.P!

  3. Brian Burton 27 Jul 2009, 12:04pm

    It is sad when any writer dies young. I wanted more from (Go tell It on the Mountain) James Baldwin, but he died too soon as well.

  4. Simon Murphy 27 Jul 2009, 12:45pm

    E Lynn Harris has written 12 novels and an autobigraphy so he leaves a reasonably substantial body of work. I picked up ‘Just as I Am’ randomly in 1998 and really liked it. I’ve read most of his other books since then. They are all largely concerned with middle-class, professional black gay men and the complications their sexuality brings to their lives. They also have strong characterisations of the female characters deceived by their ‘down low’ male partners. They are generally quite humourous, interesting books and despite the fact that I am a white, Irish atheist (as opposed to an African-American christian) his books can be easily identified with on many levels. They are quite universal in their depictions of dishonest lives and the damage these cause.

  5. Ryan Haynes - fyi radio 27 Jul 2009, 1:06pm

    Awarded E Lynn HArris with a Wino in this week’s Gay In The UK on

  6. Tawana Hardnett 27 Jul 2009, 2:11pm

    E Lynn Harris was a wonderful writer and author, who opened up the eyes for many, as well as educated those non believers. Without his honesty and keep it real insight a lot of black women have been saved and made more aware of the down low lifestyle of men hiding there sexuality. I have just about every book he has written, each book had me wanting to know more about the characters next move. May he rest in peace as he has left us all way to soon, but GOD has called him home because he needs him more.

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