Clay Cane is a New York City-based award-winning journalist, author, television personality, and documentary filmmaker. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion and social justice. Clay is the creator and director of the original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, which earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism. On February 24, 2016, The White House featured Clay Cane as a Black History Month speaker along with a screening of the documentary. Cane was also presented on a panel discussion, which focused on the film, faith, sexuality and the Black community. Clay is also the recipient of GMAD’s 2016 James Baldwin Revolutionary Award and the author of Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race, which was released in June 2017. In November 2017, The Clay Cane Show launched on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126, which tackles the most controversial topics in the country with thought-leaders, politicians, activists and celebrities.
Clay’s commentary is heard on television networks such as MTV, HLN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX and CNN. He contributes to numerous print and online publications including CNN.com, The Washington Post and Gawker. He has interviewed various celebrities, including Clive Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Beyoncé Knowles, Denzel Washington, Wes Craven, Hilary Swank, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Jodie Foster, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chris Rock, Tyler Perry, Kevin Hart, Diana Ross, Demi Moore, Issa Rae and others.
Clay is the co-editor and contributing writer of the 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home. He also contributed to 2013’s Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community.
On the speaking circuit, he presents keynote addresses, screenings of his documentary film followed by an in-depth conversation about the intersections of religion, sexuality and race; and is also available for panels ranging from diversity in the workplace to social justice. His engagements have included Yale University, Hofstra University, New York University (NYU), Duke University, University of Miami, California State University in Los Angeles and more.
Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, Clay’s diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary and writing that provides sharp, witty, incisive and raw analysis on social justice as it relates to the current news cycle and our culture. He is a member of New York Film Critics Online and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. He is a graduate from Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies.
Clay Cane’s critically acclaimed book Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race is available now, you can order here.