|BiNet USA M&M’s proved popular!|
In a fun turn of events I was honored with the opportunity to read some poetry to close out the conference. I chose “This Love Has Always Existed” which I originally wrote as part of my appeareance in the 2006 Emmy winning reality docu-series, “Black. White.” It is wonderful to see the changes we’ve had for LGBT people in the last ten years, even if our road is not finished and our path yet complete.
|Photo credit: BlaqOUT Conference, University of California, Riverside|
I was also extremely honored to take a selfie with BlaqOUT Conference keynote speaker, Mandy Carter. Mandy Carter is a Durham, North Carolina African-American lesbian social justice activist with a 45-year movement history of social, racial and LGBT justice organizing since 1968. Ms. Carter helped co-found two groundbreaking organizations: Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).
|BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham with Mandy Carter, NBJC and SONG co-founder|
Dropbox link to the “Intersection Electric” presentation is here if you’d like to educate yourself on the rich history of black, bisexual culture and queerness!