The sexuality of Malcolm X

Phelps, Christopher (2017) The sexuality of Malcolm X. Journal of American Studies, 51 (3). pp. 659-690. ISSN 1469-5154

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This article engages the controversy over whether Malcolm Little, who would become Malcolm X, had same-sexual encounters. A minute sifting of all evidence and claims, augmented by new findings, yields strong indication that Malcolm Little did take part in sex acts with male counterparts. If set in the context of the 1930s and 1940s, these acts position him not as a “homosexual lover,” as has been asserted, but in the pattern of “straight trade”—heterosexual men open to sex with homosexuals—an understanding that in turn affords insights into the black revolutionary's mature masculinity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Malcolm X, homosexuality, same-sexuality, sexuality, Malcolm Little
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of American and Canadian Studies
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Depositing User: Phelps, Christopher
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:58

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