Mandy Carter is one of the nation's leading African
American lesbian activists. An extraordinary political activist, Carter has organized the grassroots in almost every major
region of this country over the last 30-plus years.
Mandy grew up in upstate NY Born November 2, 1948,
in Albany, NY where she was raised in orphanages and foster care. She arrived in NC via San Francisco. Mandy's early
political activism includes her work with the War Resistors League. Mandy was an early director of NCPRIDEPAC, and helped
found SONG--Southerners On New Ground -- at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. A noted speaker, Mandy has traveled
extensively, educating audiences about LGBT rights in a broader social justice movement. A winner of the prestigious Stonewall
Award, Mandy Carter has enough energy for an army of organizers, and she never fails to maintain her sense of humor. Mandy
is an articulate and non-confrontational doer, who get things accomplished by her motivational mentoring and by exemplary
and tireless activity. She has forged strong and indelible ties between the natural allies that exist in the African-American,
religious, and LGBT communities. Mandy is unforgettable as a symbol of what organizational skill can mean to the development
of a movement and the centering of a culture. [Read More]
Some women come into "the
life" through many doors.She may walk through the doors of a gay and lesbian
center, or a gay and lesbian organization while in college.She may walk through
the door of a lesbian club after circling the site for days or months before entering.She may walk into the life of another woman and fall in love.Later, when
the heat of the relationship grows cold, realize she is who she is and will seek out other women like herself.She may walk through the door of a good friend and find herself in her good friend?s bed, discovering
her bisexuality and later, realize she is a lesbian.She may walk through the
doors of a swinger?s club where both men and women cohort together and soon discover she really does prefer women to
men.She may even walk through the door of an instructor?s office, like
I did, and find herself being introduced to women who do not identify as lesbians, but as women who prefer the company of
other women. [Read More]
Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 2
Wednesday, Massachusetts legislators debated whether to
amend their state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages. NPR's Tavis Smiley talked to Jasmyne Cannick with the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Keith Boykin, a long-time gay rights activist and president of the National Black
» Listen to Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 2
» Gay Marriage and African Americans, Part 1
If the listening links above fail to work, go to site
Keeping History The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive by
Sidney Brinkley (Blacklight Online)
Steven G. Fullwood is a collector of Black Gay history. He is the curator of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive, developed
for the sole purpose of documenting Black Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Same Gender Loving cultures. BGLA officially
began in 2000 and presently holds hundreds of items. ?I have books, magazines, journals, flyers, music, film/videos,
and other related files that so far measures twelve linear feet,? he said. ?Actually the archive started before
I started it, meaning that much of what I owned as a collector inaugurated the archive.? [Read More]
Love and Blessings: A Moment with Me'Shell Ndege'ocello
By Ronda Racha Penrice (Swirl Magazine)
Me'Shell Ndege'ocello can not be categorized and the gatekeepers of
the industry hate that. How many times have we read that Me'shell doesn't sell records because she is gay. This is despite
the fact that she refuses to classify herself. "I don't really care," she says. "Whatever. I just like to go play, have a
good time." And that's what pisses them off.
She's bold. Unlike other new artists, she came into the game irreverent.
"If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," her first single from Plantation Lullabies, shocked many with its audacity.
In 1993, affairs were discreet, especially on the part of women. Listening to today's records, female singers are still not
in confrontation mode. Amazingly, over the years, Me'Shell hasn't lost that fire. She still does not buck down to anyone.
On The Web
Kimberly "Q", is Artistic Director
and Co-Founder of ToDaz Woman Productions. She is an actress, singer, writer, has performed
in numerous award winning productions such as, The Children?of the Night, winner of 3 NAACP awards, and a GLAAD
award; Shakin The Mess Outta Misery, winner of an OOBR; and is a six-time AUDELCO award winner, ?Best Supporting
Actress? in 1998 for Gertrude Jeannette?s Gladys? Dilemma and ?Best Leading Actress?
in 2002 for her one-woman piece entitled J?ai Deux Amours? A Journey With Josephine Baker and four AUDELCO's
including Best Dramatic Production in American Menu.
"Q", as she is so affectionately called, has been hailed
by the Los Angeles Times as a " high-steppin actress with drop dead looks" and by the New York Times as "a convincingly, satisfying
actress". "Acting is life; life that changes and grows and if you don't live it?you're not in it!" Know your past,
because it is the key to
Her most recent production, J'ai
Deux Amours...A Journey With Josephine Baker was written and Performed by Kimberly "Q". J'ai Deux Amours...A Journey With Josephine Baker, takes you through the life and career
of Madame Josephine Baker. From her start as a street performer to her taking Paris by storm; her stance on civil rights,
to her undercover days as a spy for the French Resistance; her motivation to adopt 12 children to her eviction from her precious
Les Milandes and right back to her triumphant return to stardom! A spectacular and inspirational story that will leave you
saying "For what I may have known of Josephine, I've learned even more."
Discover ToDaz Woman and other productions on their website at: http://todazwoman.org/index.html
BUTCH MYSTIQUE gets personal and
political with the stories of butch, black lesbians revealed in bold, lucid interviews.
Butch Mystique Debra Wilson, 34 min, dv, color Preview
Playing On Showtime's Black Filmmaker Showcase:
Butch Mystique February 4, 2004
Butch Mystique a film by Debra Wilson (USA)
BUTCH MYSTIQUE is a documentary
by Debra Wilson that exposes the rules, thoughts, passions, and concerns of African American butch-stud, identified lesbians.
Women from varying backgrounds-as mothers, activists, and artists - share raw, powerful and intimate thoughts on being outside
the norm, being powerful butch identified women and being themselves.
Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase: February 4, 2004 @ 8:00 p.m. Butch Mystique (Color/34:52)
Other Sheduled Showings: February 14, 2004: 12:15 p.m. Showtime Too February
15, 2004: 12:00 p.m. Showtime For more info, visit Showtime
Ms. Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent work, Butch Mystique, opened to critical acclaim
at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
Butch Mystique Debra
Wilson, 34 min, dv, color Preview
Workshop Proposal Applications for their 7th Annual Herstory Conference "Loving
Living Embracing Our Relationships"
February 14th - 15th
African Asian Latina
Lesbians United Mission
AALLU strives to bridge the existing gaps that divide us and reach beyond race, ethnicity, culture, age, ability, religion
AALLU's goal is to provide the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community educational and networking experiences on a monthly base.
AALLU is committed to promoting educational and intellectual enriching experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.
African Asian Latina
Lesbians Annual Herstory Conference
Is a culmination of what
AALLU provides to the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community throughout the year, educational and networking experiences for lesbians
of color. AALLU will provide an opportunity for all lesbians to share experiences, gain skills, build community relations,
and strengthen our progress as women within this nation. As in previous conferences AALLU will continue to honor past and
current lesbians of color who contributed towards the growth and development within the lesbian community.
The Steering Committee
of AALLU invites lesbians of color to submit proposals for workshops, presentations, performances and exhibits for this event.
The Steering Committee is particularly interested in proposal that reflect the power, skills, and spirit of lesbians. All
submissions must relate to the conference theme of Loving…Living…Embracing our Relationships. The AALLU Executive Board will
review proposals and respond to submittals in writing by January 12, 2004.
Topics may include but
are not limited to: sex and sexuality, spirituality, labor issues, legal concerns, racism or sexism among women, relationships,
community violence, mental and physical health & well being, parenting/adoption/family issues, finance, real estate, coalition
building across cultural differences, arts.
Click here for Workshop Proposal Application [MS Word Document]
As part of month long events commemorating Worlds AIDS Day, join PAFF (Pan African Film Festival) and
the Black AIDS Institute Saturday, December 13, 2003 for Heroes in the Struggle, a gala reception, silent auction and awards
presentation held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.Heroes in the Struggle
is a photographic tribute to people of African Descent who have made heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This year's heroes include singer PattiLaBelle,
and AIDS treatment activist, SaundraJohnson.
Media giant Viacom Inc. will receive this year's corporate award. In recognition of the global impact of the AIDS pandemic
and the need for African Americans to be more involved in the global pandemic, the Institute has added a new "Global Hero"
award. This years honorees include South African treatment activist and founder of the Treatment Action Campaign Zackie Achmat
and former U.S. Congressman RonDellums.
Award winning actress SherylLeeRalph
and actor Hill Harper will be the mistress and master of ceremonies. Others scheduled to appear include Mo' Nique (the Parkers),
Rockmond Dunbar (Soul Food), Emmy award winning producer and director Paris Barclay, Michael Chinyamurindi (West Wing, ER)
and more. This years photographers are KwakuAlston,
BarronClaiborne, Duane Cramer, Darien Davis,
JimDennis, GregMcNeal and MatthewJordanSmith, seven of America's
most celebrated Black photographers.
AIDS is the leading cause of death for African- Americans between the ages
of 24 and 44. 55% of new AIDS cases in the U.S. are in the
Black community. 63% of women with AIDS in the U.S. are African-American
women, 67% of all children with AIDS in the U.S. are Black,
and over 30% of gay and bisexual men with AIDS are Black.
The Black AIDS Institute is the only national public policy organization in
the United States focused exclusively on HIV/AIDS among Black
people. Its mission is to reduce the HIV/AIDS health disparities between people of African descent and other racial ethnic
groups by mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS in local communities. The Institute
develops and interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates
information and provides advocacy from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
For information, sponsor packets, or tickets, or call (213) 353-3610
You can also view the photographic tribute to African American AIDS warriors