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Revolutionary Acts by Jason Okundaye

Revolutionary Acts by Jason Okundaye


Revolutionary Acts: Love & Brotherhood in Black Gay Britain


In this landmark work, Jason Okundaye meets an elder generation of Black gay men and finds a spirited community full of courage, charisma and good humour, hungry to tell its past - of nightlife, resistance, political fights, loss, gossip, sex, romance and vulgarity.

Through their conversations he seeks to reconcile the Black and gay narratives of Britain, narratives frequently cleaved as distinct and unrelated. Tracing these men's journeys and arrivals to South London through the seventies, eighties and nineties from the present day, Okundaye relays their stories with rare compassion, listening as they share intimate memories and reflect upon their lives. They endured and fought against the peak of the AIDS epidemic, built social groups and threw underground parties; they went to war with institutions (and with each other) and created meaning within a society which was often indifferent to their existence.

Revolutionary Acts renders a singular portrait of Britain from the perspective of those buffeted by the winds of marginalisation and discrimination. It is a portrait marked by resilience and self-determination, inspired by the love and beauty Black men have found in each other.


'Jason Okundaye has written a truly valuable book: a chatty, powerful and outrageous testament to a community of bold pioneers. As a document it's important and insightful, and as a piece of storytelling it's entertaining, lucid and compelling.'SIMON GARFIELD, author of The End of Innocence


 'In this seminal book Okundaye gives us juicy dialogue, tears and laughter, and vivid landscapes of memory.' MENDEZ, author of Rainbow Milk

  • Details

    Imprint: Faber & Faber

    Publication Date: 7th March 2024

    ISBN: 9780571372218

    Format: Hardback

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