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An Equality Forum LGBT History Month Icon, Emanuel Xavier is a poet and author of Ecuadorian/Puerto Rican heritage. As a former homeless gay teen and survivor of child abuse, he has staged many benefits for queer youth and is a longtime LGBT rights activist. Xavier is the author of the poetry collections Radiance (2016), Nefarious (2013), Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA (2012), Pier Queen (2012), If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (2010), and the novel Christ Like (2009). He is also editor of Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (2011) and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (2008). He appeared on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO and has performed in cities throughout the United States, Buenos Aires, Ghent, London, and Paris. Xavier's poems have been translated into Spanish, French and Romanian, staged as a choreographed dance presentation and remixed into House dance tracks. He released an audio spoken word/music collaboration album, Legendary (2009), available for digital download. He continues to make appearances as a spoken word artist.
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