Randy Boyd was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he graduated from North Central High School in 1980. After two years at the University of Southern California, Randy transferred to and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology in 1985. During college, Randy was both a yell leader at USC and a cheerleader at UCLA and revisits that experience in Cheer Up, a subsection of his blog Randy Boyd’s Blocks.
Randy began writing professionally at age twenty—through an early career in broadcast network promotion—and his four novels have been nominated for five Lambda Literary Awards. All four novels feature main characters who are black, gay and living with HIV/AIDS.
A longterm survivor of HIV/AIDS, Randy blogs about the disease from his perspective in HIV-P.O.V., another subsection of his blog.
Randy’s writings cover a range of diverse subjects, including sports, homophobia, politics, race, the gay community, HIV/AIDS, cheerleading, his dog, President Obama, and Trikke carving vehicles.
From 2010-2013, Randy was the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Trikkeworld Magazine, an online publication. He remains an avid Trikke lover.
His fiction has appeared in Blackfire magazine, as well as the following anthologies: Certain Voices (Alyson Books); Flesh and the Word 2 (Plume); Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS (Other Countries); Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual Writing (Masquerade Books), MA-KA: Diasporic Juks (Sister Vision); and Freedom in this Village: Black Gay Men’s Writing 1969 to the Present (Carroll & Graf).
His nonfiction has been featured in the Indiana Word, Frontiers, Au Courant, The Washington Blade, The James White Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Lambda Book Report, BeyondChron.com and the anthology Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create (Dutton).
Also available on ebook: The Essential Randy Boyd, Volume One, 10 stories, essays, blogposts and book excerpts by black, gay, HIV-positive author Randy Boyd.