The Center for Women at Emory University will host the “Whose Beloved Community?: Black and LGBT Civil Rights Conference” in Atlanta, Georgia on March 27th through 29th. According to its website, the conference will “bring scholars, activists, policy makers, community leaders, and others together to examine points of intersection and contention among the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the LGBT equality movement, and Black LGBT communities.” The event aims to do what many argue the mainstream LGBT Civil Rights Movement has failed to: acknowledge and address issues specific to being black AND queer in modern America. According to a recent report co-authored by a league of organizations, including the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), queer people of color face significantly high risks of unemployment, job discrimination, homelessness and poverty.
The international meeting is the final component of a 3-part project funded by the Arcus Foundation; the first, a collective of academic and literary professionals whose work directly address black and queer intersectionality, and the second, an oral project to archive stories from black Atlanta LGBT leaders. The keynote address will be delivered by civil rights leader Julian Bond, LGBT activist Mandy Carter, and black feminist and professor Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Click here to learn more about the event and how you can get involved.