J.R. Yussuf is the 1st place winner of the Reviewers Choice Award in the self-help category for, The Other F Word: Forgiveness. Yussuf's latest book Dear Bi Men: A Black Man's Perspective on Power, Consent, Breaking Down Binaries, and Combating Erasure will be out April 2024 and is now available for pre-order. Yussuf created the Twitter hashtag #BisexualMenSpeak (Human Rights Campaign, Cassius) for bisexual+ men & masculine identified folks to have the space to speak for themselves & talk about how being bisexual+ impacts the way they move through the world, and maintains the Let's Heal Already podcast devoted to self-improvement, emotional intelligence & forgiveness.
Yussuf's writing has appeared in the anthologies Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction, finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award and a 2014 Rainbow Award and Double Consciousness: An Autoethnographic Guide To My Black American Existence which soared to #1 Best-Seller in Kindle African American Poetry within its first week of being released, as well as Men's Health, Thrive Global, Black Youth Project, Queerty, Queer Majority, Positively Positive, The Good Men Project, Escarp, Instigatorzine, and The CultureLP.
He was commissioned to co-author the Bisexuality+ and Christianity pamphlet by the Bisexual Resource Center. Yussuf has been called on by the likes of MTV News, Huffington Post and B.E.T. to give social commentary on his lived experience as a visible bisexual Black man as well as to discuss some of the challenges and priorities of many within the community. Yussuf secured a peer support certification from the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (B.E.A.M.) and has used his training to support countless Black bisexual/pansexual men.
Yussuf has encouraged men to be forces of good in today's society by challenging toxic masculinity and forgiveness of oneself and invited to be a guest on popular podcast 2 Bi Guys and YouTube channel For Harriet to offer insights on male bisexuality, gender expectations and patriarchy to name a few.
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