Beyond Bold and Brave Presents the 2016 Black Lesbian Conference: “The Evolution of Our Community”

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE | CONFERENCE GOALS | MISSION | HISTORY | CONFERENCE PROGRAM | REGISTER | DONATE | BECOME A SPONSOR | COMMUNITY PARTNERS | ABOUT BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE | CONTACT

 Black Lesbian Conference

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

Beyond Bold and Brave’s 2016 Black Lesbian Conference: “The Evolution of Our Community” will be a gathering of Transgender and Cisgender Black/African Descent Lesbians who are teens to elders with varied socio-economic, education, and life/work histories to responsibly and honestly discuss and address important issues and concerns in a respectful, welcoming, and authentic environment. Conference content will focus on Black/African Descent Lesbians in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area. National and international communities are welcome to support, attend, and participate.

CONFERENCE GOALS

  • Celebrate the individual and collective political, social and cultural victories Black/African Descent Lesbians have achieved and how those triumphs have now and will continue to empower and affirm ourselves.
  • Assess what issues, concerns, challenges continue to be priorities for our Black/African Descent Lesbian community and develop ways to effectively address and resolve them.
  • Connect us to resources we need to continually lead healthy, productive lives.
  • Create opportunities for the work and projects developed by leaving a lasting legacy and guide for others to carry this work forth.

MISSION

Beyond Bold and Brave works to increase the visibility of Black/African Descent Lesbians in our communities by supporting and producing programs, projects, and events that responsibly and truthfully affirm and represent Black/African Descent Lesbian life, work, and identity. We defined Black/African Descent Lesbians as a diverse community of women who are: part of the African diaspora including Black, African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latina, Afro-Asian, Afro-European; identify as transgender, cisgender, gender non-conforming, queer, same-gender-loving, as well as additional identities; and are attracted to and/or have relationships with women.

HISTORY

Thirty years after the first Black Lesbian conference in 1980, Black/African Descent lesbians are still consistently marginalized with few public spaces dedicated to the issues unique to us. The lives, issues and contributions of Black/African Descent lesbians are repeatedly minimized or dismissed in shared Black LGBT spaces and are rarely addressed in lesbian-specific/welcoming or women only spaces. These shared LGBT spaces more often address issues relating to women of color collectively and by doing so, repeatedly fail to acknowledge and address the unique challenges facing Black/African descent lesbians within local and regional LGBTQ communities. alyce d. emory and Kim Ford, two LGBT and community activists & workers are working to change this by reclaiming a public space dedicated to the issues unique to this community. The result is the founding of a new Black/African Descent lesbian conference for March 2016.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Download the Black Lesbian Conference program as a PDF

Friday, March 25

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Conference Opening Program & Reception
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, CEO Joseph Addabbo Health Center, NYC & past CEO, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)

Saturday, March 26

Concurrent Sessions II: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel Discussion: “What Does It Mean to Draw a Line? Black Lesbian Separation as Respite from Oppression”
Presenters: Karen Thompson (The Innocence Project), Yoruba Richen (Film Director), Dr. Judith Casselberry (Bowdoin College)

Roundtable Discussion: “Advocating for Ourselves: Getting the Resources We Need”
Presenters: Monique “Mo” George (Community Voices Heard, NYC), T. Jibri Douglas (TJD Medical Consulting), Rebecca Williams (Plainfield, NJ City Council), Ejeris Dixon (Vision Change Win Consulting)

Workshop: “Domestic Violence: Healing the Anger Within”
Presenter: Annette Brent (Certified Spiritual and Transformational Coach)

Luncheon Discussion: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

“State of the Black Lesbian Community: An Intergenerational Perspective”
Moderator: Mignon Moore (Barnard College)
Participants: Imani Rashid (NYC LGBT Community Kwanzaa), Ryann Holmes (bklyn boihood), Tina Jones  (Health Education Alternatives for Teens, SUNY Brooklyn)

Concurrent Sessions II: 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Workshop: “Sacred Erotica: Creatively Moving Shadows Into Light”
Presenter: Sacred Walker (Kuumba Health)

Workshop: “Sex and Sexuality”
Participants: Tandra LaGrone (In Our Own Voices), Gabby Santos (LGBT Health Services, In Our Own Voices), Vanessa Campus (Community Health Education, GMHC)

Panel: “Creating Financial Wellness for LGBTQ Women”
Participants: Aqualia Barnes (Barnes Financial Services), Alexis McSween (Bottom Line Construction & Development), Adriane Ferguson (Billie’s Black Bar, Lounge, Restaurant)

Concurrent Sessions III: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop: “Whole Health & Wellness for LGBTQ Transgender & Cisgender Women”
Presenter: Adaku Utah (Harriet’s Apothecary)

Panel: “Black Lesbian Poets: Bringing the Political to the Page and Stage”
Presenters: JP Howard (Women Writers in Bloom Series), R. Erica Doyle (Poet, Author), Amber Atiya (Poet), Monica Hand (Poet/Editor)

Roundtable Discussion: “Black Lesbian Youth & Their Experiences with Homelessness and Gender Roles”
Presenters: Stacey Lewis (Ali Forney Center), Sheraine Gregory (Ali Forney Center)

Wrap Discussion: 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

“Black Lesbian Organizing and Activism: 1970s to Now”
Moderator: Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Editor, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines)
Presenters: Linda Villarosa (Villarosa Media), Shawn(t)a Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives), Cassandra Grant (Salsa Soul Sisters & Community Activist)

Final Acknowledgements: 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM

REGISTER

REGISTRATION UPDATE

Happy New Year! Our team is thrilled to report that the Black Lesbian Conference 2016 is at full capacity! We’re now exploring options that hopefully will allow us to accommodate more registrations but for now registration is closed. In the coming days, we’ll provide an update on this along with additional details on Conference Presenters, Programming, Volunteer Opportunities, and more. We graciously thank you for your support of and commitment to BLC2016!

Feel free to contact us at blacklesbianconference@gmail.com or 646-836-8696 if you have questions.

Note: Requests for reasonable accommodations must be received to the BLC2016 Planning Committee at blacklesbianconference@gmail.com no less than three weeks prior to the event.

DONATE

Please consider donating.  Donations of any size will help bring this important conference to our community.

Donate

BECOME A SPONSOR

Sponsor Levels:

  • PREMIER SPONSOR – $5,000
  • MAJOR SPONSOR – $2,500
  • SUPPORTING SPONSOR – $1,000
  • COMMUNITY SPONSOR – $500
Become a sponsor

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS! 

PREMIERE SPONSORS

New York Women's Foundation

MAJOR SPONSORS

CARSS

St. Mary's Center

Union Theological Seminary 

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Billie's Black

Ford Foundation

GMHC

Kitchen Table Giving Circle

 

Lambda Legal

LG2J

COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

LGBT Center

HEAT: Health Education Alternatives for Teens

Johns Hopkins

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

National LGBTQ Task Force

William F Ryan Community Health Network

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS! 

Elixher  Circle of VoicesNYC Black Pride      GO! Magazine    Global Network of Black Pride      Griot Circle    Kitchen Table Giving Circle      Bklyn Boihood

Ali Forney Center LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent Zami NoblaSistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance, and Harmony Newark LGBTQ Community Center

HUGS Movement  Swerv Magazine Seattle Black Feminists Dollhouse Meetup

ABOUT BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE

Founded by NYC based community & LGBT activists and workers alyce emory (right) and Kim Ford  (left), the conference planning team consists of Black/African Descent Lesbians leaders, activists and artists who have all volunteered their skills and resources to create a conference that will genuinely reflect and address Black/African Descent lesbian life and its current complexities. Advisors include Black/African Descent Lesbians and allies from various professions, communities and interests. Conference Planning Committee members are Katherine Bailey, Kawana Bullock, Rhonda Otten, Wen Peguero, Stephanie Reid and Julie Worthey.

Kim Ford, Tina Campt, and alyce emory

CONTACT

For more information, please contact us at 646-836-8696 or blacklesbianconference@gmail.com

This conference is organized by Beyond Bold and Brave, hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women.