Below is a photo slideshow of our Black Community Spotlight Preview Party. Special thanks to our storytellers who were in attendance (actress Laverne Cox, Stephen Winter, and Khary), DJ Missy B, El Dorado Rum, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and all the donors who donated all of our incredible raffle prizes and silent auction items. Our Black Community Spotlight stories will be posted online February 6 – 10, and as the attendees of the event know, they’re all incredible stories you won’t want to miss. Continue Reading to see the photos.
Black Community Spotlight Preview Party Photos
by Brandon Hines
Closeted Gay Athlete In Small Town Finds Hope in Will & Grace. “That Show Saved My Life.”
My name is Brandon Hines. I’m from Dublin, Georgia. When I was about, I would say 10 or so years old, I was very masc
Queer Woman Honors Friend’s Life By Coming Out And Living Fearlessly.
My name is Jina and I’m from Marietta, Georgia. When I was growing up in Marietta, which is this majority white conse
by Darshan Shah
“If My Personality Is Multifaceted, Why Can’t My Experiences Be?” Queer South Asian Embraces How He Doesn’t Fit Perfectly Anywhere.
Hi, I’m Darshan Shah. I’m from Lake Mary, Florida. It was my sophomore year at the University of Florida. New to co
How a Crush Saved a Queer Person’s Life. “Falling in Love was the Catalyst for Accepting Who I Am.”
Hey, so my name is Grey. I grew up in Florida. I grew up in a church and in a family that was very conservative Christianity wise. They’re also Caribbean. There’s alsSo that led me to finding community online, then finding community in person, and then coming to a place where I can accept and be proud of who I am. And that has brought me to whe...
After Homophobic Encounter in Jamaica, Lesbian Moves To US and Becomes LGBTQIA+ Affirming Counselor.
My name is Kimberly. I’m from Ocho Rios, Jamaica. When I was 10, I started at an all girls boarding school there. I remember getting there and I was pretty overwhelmed. I sI didn’t sleep that entire night because I was just thinking, like, What’s about to happen tomorrow morning when I had to face the entire school? The morning I woke up ...
Gay Sex Worker Finds Confidence In Himself & His Work. “What Is There To Be Ashamed Of?”
My name is Tomik Dash. I am from Brooklyn, New York. Nine years ago, I was living in London, England. I went there on the plan to be there for two weeks. All these things started h...