(San Francisco, California)- The 5th Annual Generations Black LGBTIQQ Experience will take place on Friday February 26th from 6 to 9pm at the SOMArts Cultural Center, located at 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Highlighting Black LGBTIQQ History, Generations is a celebration and empowering experience of the LGBTIQQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex/queer/questioning) history of our African Diaspora. The free event open to the general public with catered food, will utilize multimedia entertainment, community awards and engaging historical biographies to honor historic Black LGBTIQQ persons of yesterday and today.
Being born Black in this country comes with certain challenges. Being born Black, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Intersex, Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQQ) in this country presents double challenges. For instance as of 2013, black gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for more new HIV infections than any other group in the United States. Homophobia continues to be a barrier to addressing HIV/AIDS in all communities, including black communities. Racism in many forms also creates barriers for health care utilization, employment, education, and even safety in our homes and streets. There are many challenges that LGBT folks of African descent are working on, from health inequities to social isolation.
At the same time, African Diaspora LGBTIQQ people have many accomplishments to be proud of which can help us stay resilient and strong. Celebrating one’s history and strengths builds pride and provides a chance to honor forbearers. Yet most of these accomplishments are not taught in mainstream history books, identified as achieved by a Black LGBTIQQ person. Even during Black history month, we learn so little about who from Black history was LGBTIQQ.
We, the producers of the annual black LGBTIQQ history event believe that when black LGBT communities learn about how many significant achievements are by LGBTIQQ people of the African descent, our communities are reminded that the sky is the limit for what we can do.
Taking place at SOMA Cultural Complex located at 934 Brannan Street, 94103 from 6pm to 9pm. February 26th, 2016.
For more info contact Brandon @ 415-355-2033 or visit www.facebook/GenerationsBlackLgbtHistory
Press contact: Jesse Brooks