LGBT-Inclusive Events Commemorating Black History Month

During Black History Month, events are held around the courntry to both commemorate the history of people of African descent and to address important issues these communities continue to face. Below is a list of upcoming events that specifically acknowledge the lives and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender African Americans. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is also observed this month on February 7. You can find a list of events organized by state here. GLAAD encourages everyone to spread the word and support their local events that celebrate Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, including those that are LGBT-inclusive.




Event: “Out on the Job”

Location: Room 412, Student Union Memorial Center, University of Arizona (Tuscon, AZ)

Date: February 10

Time: 12:00pm (noon)

Host(s): African American Student Affairs (AASA), University of Arizona





Event: “A Tribute to African American Authors”

Location: The Renberg Theater (Los Angeles, CA)

Date: February 16

Time: 7:30pm

Host(s): L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center





Event: “Black PRIDE: Understanding the Challenges of the Black LGBT”

Location: Zach's Community Room, University of Connecticut School of Social Work Campus (West Hartford, CN)

Date: February 7

Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm

Host(s): University of Connecticut's Organization of Black Social Work Students, School of Social Work PRIDE, and True Colors





Event: “6th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Observance”

Location: Greenbriar Mall (Atlanta, GA)

Date: February 4

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Host(s): The Twenty Pearls Foundation and Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority



Event: “Black History Month Display”

Location: Tate Plaza, University of Georgia

Date: February 1 – February 29 (ongoing)

Time: All day

Host(s): LGBT Resource Center, University of Georgia





Event: “When Identities Collide: Sexuality and Black Feminism”

Location: Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL)

Date: February 18

Time: 4:00pm

Host(s): Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago History Museum, Gender and Women's Studies Program at University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture



Event: “SpeakOUT: Brothers OUTLive”

Location: Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted (Chicago, IL)

Date: February 9

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Host(s): Center on Halsted, Brothers OUTLive



Event: Screening of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”

Location: Room 150, Arthur Rubloff Building, Northwestern University's Chicago campus (Chicago, IL)

Date: February 7

Time: 4:00pm

Host(s): Black Law Students Association, Northwestern University



New York


Event: “Multiverse: A Black Od(d)yssey”

Location: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (Brooklyn, NY)

Date: February 29

Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Host(s): Brooklyn Community Pride Center



Event: Screening of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”

Location: Martin E. Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center (New York, NY)

Date: February 10

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Host(s): Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA) and Black Public Media (BPM)



Event: “Spotlight Series: Black History Month Exhibit”

Location: The Center at Garden City, Suite 110 (Garden City, NY)

Date: February 1 – February 29 (ongoing)

Time: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm and Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Host(s): Long Island GLBT Services Network and the Long Island GLBT Community Center



Event: “Lifting the Veils of Secrecy and Shame - Homophobia and African American Communities of Faith”

Location: Case Method, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)

Date: February 17

Time: 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Host(s): Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion, University of Rochester





Event: “Black History Month Profiles: Highlighting Black Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender People”

Location: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center (Tulsa, OK)

Date: February 7

Time: 7:00pm

Host(s): Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq)



Event: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” Movie Screening

Location: Pegasus Theater, Liberal Arts Building, University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)

Date: February 9

Time: 2:00pm

Host(s): Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality (GATE) & Black Student Association, University of Central Oklahoma





Event: “Telling Stories That Matter: GCCR Celebrates Black History Month 2012”

Location: Gay Community Center of Richmond (Richmond, VA)

Date: Ongoing, every other Thursday beginning February 2

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Host(s): Gay Community Center of Richmond



Event: “Queer Women of Color Film Festival”

Location: Room F, Graduate Life Center (GLC) at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)

Date: February 1

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Host(s): Virginia Tech LGBTA, Queer Grads and Allies, Multicultural Programs and Services (MPS)



Washington DC


Event: “Moments of Truth: Healing Ourselves from the Inside Out”

Location: The Warehouse Theater (Washington, DC)

Date: February 7

Time: 8:00pm

Host(s): Brave Soul Collective





Event: Screening: “Paris is Burning”

Location: Christie Theater, University Union at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)

Date: February 27

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Host(s): Christine Smith, assistant professor of Human Development; and student Miranda Seitz




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