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Clifford A. Rawlins
(1950 - 1993) U.S.A.

Clifford Rawlins

African American activist

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Founder of Adodi, an Afrocentric support group and system for black gay and bisexual men. The group has chapters in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. He died of AIDS-related complications, aged 43.

Although he had established an excellent reputation as a therapist and counselor in the field of mental health, his real love was the world of art. He was a prolific painter and took a keen interest in the way that art therapy could help bring people to wholeness. He had traveled and studied in Africa and always demonstrated a deep of African and African American cultures.

He had been pained by the knowledge that a society that made it difficult for heterosexual Black men to exercise the prerogatives of conventional manhood imposed even heavier penalties for Black gay men. He was well aware that African American gay men often walked a thin line between discrimination from the larger society and rejection by individuals and groups within the Black community itself.

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Sources: https://gayhistory.wikispaces.com/ - http://www.adodi.org/

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