Community Building/Support Networks
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.
Black Magic Lab seeks to create a platform to uplift black femme artists – the definition of femme here being as inclusive as possible – women, trans* non-binary etc. Funding will go to stipends to the artists involved in the maintaining the project, creating a showcase of black femme artists, and starting a small studio space for the radio and for black femme producers and musicians.
Launch a new website to provide an online platform for local LGBT community engagement and action that raises awareness and supports access to existing resources and upcoming events; featuring a community calendar, links to local, regional and national resources, and latest news.
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.
Emerge Adventures is a non-profit adventure and eco-camp established specifically for LGBTQ young adults, aged 18 to 25, who have endured physical or emotional distress due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our free, 6-day adventures and experiences are designed to allow campers to overcome both physical and personal challenges, regain self-confidence, and establish lasting connections with others while allowing each unique individual to develop a greater self-worth and appreciation for life.