9 Contemporary Black Women LGBT Trailblazers10/09/2014
by Brittany Dawson A recent report conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law ...
by Brittany Dawson
A recent report conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law revealed approximately 1 million African Americans identity as LGBT. On Monday October 6th, the Supreme Court’s decision to deny reviewing same-sex marriage cases resulted in the freedom to marry in an additional 5 states: Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana, and Virginia, a striking testament oton our nation’s progress towards creating safe spaces for LGBTQ persons.
Now, Black LGBTQ leaders, scholars, activists, and artists create arenas—whether through writing or music—to glow, speak, and be recognized, utilizing unique voices and experiences to galvanize our generation into action, inclusion, and understanding. These Black LGBTQ trailblazers are no longer relegated to the sidelines, instead, they’ve paved a way for our future.
Photo Credit: Mia Mckenzie
Out filmmaker Dee Rees is best known for directing and writing Pariah (2011), a short film influenced by her own coming-out-story. Pariah follows 17 year old Aike’s path of acceptance, love, and courageousness in an intricate framework of narratives. Rees’ captivating narrative style elucidates Black queer experiences in a public sphere.