Capacity building session to include understanding the state’s HIV Criminalization statute, current legislation proposed impacting Medicaid Expansion and SNAP program, mobilize individuals to participate in scheduled Lobby Days across the state, and partner with other local entities to facilitate a debriefing forum on best practices and next steps.
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.
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.
This rally is a response to a national call-to-action to celebrate, affirm, and protect trans women of color. We want to engage the public in a conversation about ways to protect trans women of color, build movements that include the leadership of trans women of color, and expand our political platforms so that they reflect the intersecting issues that trans women of color face here in the South. We see this rally as the first step to creating a Charleston where trans women of color have the right to safety and opportunity right here at home, as our city has not seen an event like this before.