Why an "Untitled Black LGBTQ" Documentary?
By remembering the ground-breakers of the past and appreciating the innovators of today, I propose a discussion: A conversation spotlighting the social impacts and achievements of the black LGBTQ community, by exploring the “then” with interviews of the “now”. As a Black queer woman, raised within the “normal restrictions of the social construct”, I’ve had a lengthy journey of becoming myself. After too many years of searching for true sexual identity, I’ve landed happily and proudly, out of the closet.
The Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, the Stonewall Inn: Three monumental occurrences in American history, fueled by blacks of the LGBTQ community, and all still current topics of conversation and political points taught in levels of education. Some silently advocated, while others protested on the front lines. Collectively, their efforts are the foundation on which the LGBTQ community continues to build on.
From LA to the UK, the progression has become more and more prominent. Being actors, models, Emmy award winners and activists, they continue the fight of the LGBTQ movement and have created their own voice and identity with in the community. Speaking through their queerness and the same prejudices that black people endure, they address their difficulties within the community and the steps they’ve made to celebrate their journey and accomplishments.
Always remembering, and never forgetting those whose lives were taken by senseless violence and ignorance, we light candles and in silence pay our respects. From the nameless, known only as a tally in a police report, to headlining faces that have broken our hearts, we honor those we have lost.
Who are the "then" Black LBGTQ community changers?
James Baldwin - Writer
Gladys Bentley – Blues Singer
Marsha P. Johnson –Activist
Alain LeRoy Locke - Activist
Audre Lorde – Writer and Activist
Langston Hughes – Writer and Activist
Ruth Ellis - Activist
Alice Dunbar Nelson – Writer and Activist
Billie Holiday – Jazz Singer
Barbara Jordan - Politician
Lorraine Hansberry – Playwright and Writer
Anna Pauline Murray –Activist, Lawyer, Reverend
Josephine Baker - Entertainer
Bayard Rustin - Activist
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy –Activist
Richard Bruce Nugent – Writer and Painter
Alvin Ailey – Choreographer and Activist
And the "now"?
RuPaul – Producer
Laverne Cox – Actress/Activist
Lena Waithe - Screenwriter
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy - Activist
EJ Johnson – Television Personality
Jonté – Choreographer/Musician
Frank Ocean - Musician
Paris Barclay – Television Producer
Syd The Kid - Musician
Big Freedia – Entertainer
Melange Lavonne - Rapper
Tracy Chapman - Musician
André Leon Talley – Fashion Journalist
Jason Collins – Retired NBA player
Barry Jenkins - Filmmaker
Isis King –Model
Raquel Willis – Writer and Activist
Patrisse Cullors - Activist
Angelica Ross – Entrepreneur
Elle Hearns - Activist
Janet Mock – Writer
Blane Charles – Style Interior Publicity
J. Christpher Neal – Pride Grand Marshal
Samira Wiley - Actress
Agunda Okeyo – Producer/Activist
Keith Boykin - Broadcaster
Cece McDonald - Activist
Don Lemon – News Correspondent
Nafessa Williams - Actress
Lord Waheed Ali – Politician
Gina Yashere – Comedian
Bergdorf Munroe- Model/ Activist
MNEK - Musician
What stage is this documentary?
Currently have three participants and supporters confirmed for interviews, and a completed pitch with budget and production schedule. Crew wise, a p.g.a. producer is on board once funded and green-lit.