T-shirt with Brother to Brother design

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30 years ago, ‘Brother to Brother, New Writings by Black Gay Men‘ was published in the US (Red Bone Press) – editing of the collection was completed by Essex Hemphill, having been begun by Joseph Beam before his death in 1988.

The writings collected, follow on from the earlier Joseph Beam anthology, In The Life (1986), and have become a repository of wisdom and knowledge for BLKOUT_UK and many of its members.

With the Brother to Brother apparel range, we celebrate the legacy of the men and women who came together a generation ago to create a platform for Black Gay Men’s voices – even at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was to claim not just Joseph Beam but also Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs and so many others who left us too soon. The image is our interpretation of the cover art of the first edition of the volume; a powerful representation of our connection to our Blackness and to each other.

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