Date of Award

Winter 12-10-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Sinnott

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Gayles


This study examines the ways in which Black gay men in Atlanta create and experience community and culture every day, notwithstanding those discursive sources that situate life for Black gay men as particularly troubled. Drawing on ethnographic methods, including participant observation and interviewing, I attempt to show the complexity of Black gay men by exploring their world in Atlanta, Georgia, a city that has increasingly become known as a Black Gay Mecca. Qualitative research examining the ways Black gay men create and experience community has the potential to broaden academic discourses that have increasingly medicalized the Black gay male experience, and complicate popular social sentiment which (when recognizing the existence of Black gay men) often posits their life as one dimensional or dimensionless.