Amplifying Generations of Black LGBT Voices

Two groundbreaking projects document and tell the stories within the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and across generations.

The Mobile Homecoming is an “experiential archive” that records the lives of Black LGBT elders. The creators, Julia Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, have dedicated the next phase of their lives to traveling around the country in an RV and collecting what they call “priceless resources for our communities and the communities of the future.”

As Julia and Alexis travel, they document this shared journey using video technology and blogs and collecting artifacts to supplement existing archives that “honor the sacred herstories of our elders.” The duo is also partnering with existing archives so that the records, objects and artifacts that our elders have collected over their lifetime can be preserved.  Many of their encounters are recorded using video and audio in order to create a documentary and new media learning modules for workshops and classrooms.

In “Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project,” a feature-length film, filmmaker Tiona McClodden and publisher Lisa C. Moore will highlight interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the U.S. The film will feature 8-10 profiles and show accompanying archival footage that will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history. McClodden is the executive producer and director of the  award-winning feature-length documentary, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent.

“I hope this film will provide a way for Black lesbians like me to see each other and be affirmed in our existence as a powerful and strong social force with important opinions. We, as black lesbians, have something to say, and if given the opportunity can and will say it loudly,” says Tiona.

Tiona and Lisa will discuss the details of the project, recent developments, and future plans at NYC’s LGBT Community Center on Friday, May 20.