AT THIRTEEN

A young black gay kid commits suicide at the age of thirteen. Like so many others, he had been psychologically and spiritually brutalized by his culture and his church and his society into a pit of self-doubt and despair. But now a friend rallies to his aid, and this poem, spoken aloud, is a cry for justice and compassion and truth. This despair is particularly deep among many African-American gay men and women – triply burdened – and still yearning to be free.

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