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  • Writer's pictureShana A.

Honoring E. Lynn Harris

I strongly feel that Black History should be celebrated throughout the year not just when we’re told. However, I’m still grateful that we were given a month, so with that being said I’m honoring a legend that inspired my writing and paved the way for gay black writers. My favorite author E. Lynn Harris…

“I want people to know they don't have to live their lives in a permanent 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' existence. Truth is a powerful tool” ~ E. Lynn Harris

The great Everette Lynn Harris started his phenomenal writing journey at the University of Arkansas being the first black yearbook editor and cheerleader. Surviving his dark phase of life led to his best seller success starting with his first self published book Invisible Life in 1991. Leading us to stories of African American men sexual self-discovery, along with down low and triangle relationships. The reality in a book!

I started reading his books in the mid 90’s fascinated by his brave way of writing truthful scenarios that captured your attention from beginning to end. My favorite book; Just As I Am inspired me to want to write openly about lesbian relationships and eroticism. His bold and courageous writing told stories of realistic gay and bisexual relationships including racial controversy.

E. Lynn Harris had no filter, and that was the reason why his books became best sellers. He paved the way for many of us gay writers to be proud and write open and honest about same sex love. He was taken away way too soon, but left us a legacy of books that will continue to grace the shelves in many homes, never forgotten.

I honor this King in celebration of Black History and for being an advocate for the LGBTQ community. Thank you for paving the way for us…continue to Rest In Peace… Shana A. ©️💜🙏🏾✊🏾🕊 #ELynnHarris #BlackHistory #BlackhistoryEveryday #Legend #Black #Author #LGBT #Shanaa #Blackhistorymonth

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