“Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race” by Clay Cane— Understanding Misunderstanding

Cane, Clay. “Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race”, Cleis Press, 2017

Understanding Misunderstanding

Amos Lassen

I often wonder when the race wars that take place in America will stop and I cannot help but think that there is a great deal of misunderstanding going on here. Cane Clay tries to help us understand that misunderstanding or whatever it is and his book comes at a very opportune time in our history.

We are all aware of the high rate of murder of transgender women as well as the battle of faith and sexual orientation at churches across the country. It certainly seems like what is happening is more a war of ideologies. Huge prejudices harm how we have compassion and understanding. I do not use the word tolerance here because tolerance is not acceptance. In “Live Through This”, we have a collection of essays about one man’s (Clay Cane) journey to self-acceptance at a time when his faith, sexuality, and race are incompatible with “societal norms” (although I am not sure that “norms” is the best word here).

It is Cane’s goal that through his insightful writings, he will inspire us to go past the stereotypes with consideration. A stereotype, after all, is just a publicly held lie. will plant seeds of consideration and inspire readers to stretch beyond stereotypes. When we learn more about the minorities in this country that are on the fringe, we can better understand who they are. Cane writes clearly and from the heart and that is something we all need to strive for— to life and act from the heart.


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