This Is Us

Too Dark to Be Seen

At a gay club in the ’90s, I compete for attention with lighter-skinned men — and confront years of internalized racism

Illustration: Ladon Alex

My erection is pressing against the zip fly of my jeans. They’re JNCO jeans. Everybody’s wearing them but, if I’m honest, I think they look silly. They have wide, flared legs — you know…