February is Black History Month. And this June will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, when patrons of Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn – with leaders including Black LGBTQ+ people and other queer and trans people of color – fought back against police who repeatedly raided the bar. In recognition and celebration of Black History Month and Black leadership in movements for LGBTQ+ justice, here are a selection of articles, video, and other resources that center Black queer and trans voices in narratives about Black history and perspectives on being Black and LGBTQ+ in the United States today.
A special section of BlackPast.org compiles biographies and other resources about LGBTQ people of African descent, and the Ubuntu Biography Project shares biographies of distinguished Black and African-American LGBTQ+ and Same Gender Loving people.
This article in Essence, “Black History Now: Black LGBTQ+ Aiding in the Resistance,” profiles 10 Black LGBTQ+ people making impactful contemporary contributions to Black queer visibility, wellness, and liberation.
The March issue of Out magazine features “Mothers and Daughters of the Movement.” Published for Women’s History Month, the issue profiles Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Barbara Smith, Tourmaline, Alicia Garza, and Charlene Carruthers, and includes a dialogue with these “five Black queer and trans women carrying our liberation forward.”
In this video from GLAAD’s amp project, three Black LGBTQ+ college students talk about celebrating their Black and queer identities.
These resources are relevant all year. After Black History Month 2019, you can still find this page in the Written Resources section of LGBTQ+ Western’s Lifelong Learning page.