âI Am a Brown Boiâ<br />

The author B. Cole (right) and her wife Aisha

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we as Black folks can give to each other what society takes away.

I tell the brown bois often that my deep and abiding connection, and responsibility, to Black men is not absolved because I married a woman. Our fates are bound together. We have been convinced by society that we can watch each other die and not be affected. These tactics have worked to keep us silo-ed for too long. I believe that we are the generation ready to set aside these barriers and build a powerful future. One in which all of our authentic selves can thrive.

*Masculine of Center (MoC) is a term that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/ women who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculine etc.

Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last ten years. Drawing on this experience, she launched the Brown Boi Project. A graduate of Mills College, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, White House Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Black Male Achievement Echoing Green Fellow she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development. As a health activist and author, Cole edited Freeing Ourselves, the trans/LGB health guide; which is now being used to forward understanding of the incredible breadth of health needs for LGBT people of color. Follow her on Twitter at @bespokebutch