Turning Barbershops into safe spaces for gay black men

Trailer Shape Up_ Gay in the Black Barbershop-HD from Derrick L. Middleton on Vimeo.

A new documentary, “Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop” takes on the hallowed neighbourhood meeting ground
(from Take Part)

Derrick Middleton remembers the wave of discomfort that washed over him as a child whenever he entered a local barbershop with his father.

“I had to perform masculinity in these spaces,” Middleton told TakePart. “Black barbershops are some of the most hypermasculine spaces in the world; at times they can remind you of a locker room. This was terrifying for me as a young boy who already felt that I was different from other boys.”

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