Where the Word Is No
Where the Word is No by Red Jordan Arobateau
First published in 1975 (1998 edition)
Another moving exploration of gay life on society's outermost fringe. Red Jordan Arobateau, famous for her uncompromising views on working-class lesbian life, follows the exploits of Jesse, an eighteen-year-old African-American man struggling with his dream of becoming a "player." On a long journey of self-discovery, Jesse wrestles with his sexual identity, choosing to hide his nascent bisexuality behind a buff macho exterior. All that changes when Miss La-Di-Da, a fierce, unafraid drag goddess of the streets, pierces the young man's armor— leaving Jesse no choice but to confront his own truths.