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Razorblade Tears

by S. A. Cosby

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LGBTQ+ History and Community in Richmond, Virginia

This article relates to Razorblade Tears

Crowd of people standing around a rainbow LOVE sign at Virginia PridefestIn S.A. Cosby's Razorblade Tears, Ike Randolph and Buddy Lee Jenkins attempt to solve the murder of their sons, Isiah and Derek, by sorting through the married couple's former lives in Richmond, Virginia. As they speak to Isiah and Derek's friends and acquaintances, they put together a better picture of who their sons were, and of the struggles and community that made up their reality as queer men. A bartender, Tex, explains to Ike and Buddy Lee, "Richmond's a pretty good place to live if you're gay or queer or whatever, but ... we still in the South. Unless you straight and white you gotta watch your back." Tex's statement arguably doesn't only apply to the Southern United States, but his larger point rings true: Richmond, like many American cities, may offer a certain amount of comfort and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people and culture, but it remains in close proximity to more conservative mindsets that pose political and physical dangers. Regardless, the area has a strong history of ...

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