The BLLC honors the Black lesbian trailblazers that broke through barriers established by the mainstream U.S. publishing industry to form writing collectives and presses that produced groundbreaking publications. The BLLC carries forth their contributions by championing the spirit of collaboration and providing a safe haven for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers. The collective is an inclusive community where Black lesbian writers are celebrated, not marginalized. The organization provides writers with non-judgmental support, less the micro-aggressions often faced in MFA programs or mostly white writing communities. Black lesbian writers and stories are often ignored or tokenized in mainstream circles, and BLLC leadership recognizes this as an organizational barrier to traditional funding resources and literary organizations in the South. Therefore, the BLLC seeks support fromcommunity-based grantors, individual donors, and non-profit collaborations to build an annual fund that strengthens current activities and helps launch future activitiesÑ such as an annual writers retreat for Black lesbian writers.
Showcase the meaning of unity and pride by promoting a weekend of equality and inclusion of human rights, education, outreach and culture. Tri-State Black Pride (Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi) offers an Ending the Stigma opening reception at the National Civil Rights Museum, educational sessions, community forums, HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention, career development, concerts, homelessness and youth initiatives, and food/clothing for men, women and children.
Travel to Asheville, North Carolina to a Language Justice Curriculum meet up where we will be meeting with LGBTQ, young people, first and second generation immigrants, DACAmented and undocumented in hopes of bringing more of these folks into language justice work. We are six women of color, with the majority being mothers, so we need to take into account a car rental and travel expenses in order for us to get to Asheville safely. A lot of us in this new formation are new to this work and need to have access to training in order to further language justice work in the South, specifically in the Metro-Atlanta area. We want this to grow in the future to include other QTPOC people and languages but we understand that we need to have a strong foundation to move forward. We will be meeting language justice veterans and we hope to learn from them to get this crew going in Atlanta.
The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project proposes to create a QTPOC History Youth Brigade. The Youth Brigade will comprise several individuals, between the ages of 16 and 22, who identify as LGBTQ+ people of color. The History Project will recruit and hire Brigade members as Òcommunity internsÓ from January to May 2018. We aim to recruit a mix of local QTPOC college students as well as youth from area high schools and the community. Interns will be compensated with funds that we are requesting in this proposal. We do not believe that young LGBTQ people of color should work for free. After much consideration, we determined that both monetary compensation and the title of Òintern,Ó which youth can use on their resumes, are most appropriate for this endeavor.
Foster and support a “trans 101” program to educate the community through informative and interactive presentations.
1. Establish a digital messaging networking board or resources and support utilizing app based technology. 2. Implement High Impact HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (HIP/ Street Smart, NIA, Focus on youth, and Respect). 3. Mentor-ship and training for joining Shelby County Government Health Care & Prevention (H-CAP). M.E.N. long- term goal is to foster a reformed culture of black males in Memphis TN and surrounding areas to value and invest in health and community development.