CELEBRATING BLACK LGBTQ+ ARTISTS

We’re here to celebrate Black Music Month & Pride Month alongside all of the Black LGBTQ+ Artists who have been consistently molding new sounds and genres for decades. Read on to elevate and amplify these voices, including those not heard, in solidarity together.

#BlackLivesMatter


Marsha P. Johnson

Mural displayed at McCallum High School Austin, TX

“You never completely have your rights, one person, until you have all of your rights.” – Marsha P. Johnson

Activist, drag queen, survivor & much more, Marsha P. Johnson is a strong & prominent figure in the Stonewall riots of 1969. Visit The Marsha P Johnson Institute to learn more, sign up for news updates & donate if you can.

“So much of our understanding of Marsha came from the accounts of people who did not look like or come from the same place as her. As transness is now more accessible to the world, introducing the Institute to BLACK trans people who are resisting, grappling with survival, and looking for community has become a clear need.” – The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

And add this must see to your Netflix queue The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson


A few more LGBTQ+ Music & Art Organizations below to give more insight to the industry and what you can do the support 🏳️‍🌈:

OutMusic Inc. ~ A registered 501c3 non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella to support the work LARA (LGBT Academy of Recording Arts). Their mission is to promote the advancement and appreciation of LGBTQ music culture & heritage as a recognized art form, create opportunities to support the development of young aspiring artists, increase visibility in honoring, documenting and archiving the contributions and achievements of marginalized LGBTQ artists into music & entertainment history.

GLAAD ~ GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

The Trevor Project ~ Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Human Rights Campaign ~ The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.


Immerse yourself in the history and stories of Black musicians + LGBTQ+ activists to learn more about their personal experiences 📚:

Best LGBTQ Books of 2019 - Hapars Bazaar

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History

Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary

The Stonewall Reader

Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out

Explore more of the best LGBTQ+ reading options at Harper’s Bazaar


✨Shine on with Janelle Monáe and Frank Ocean plus many more creative minds ~ tune in now:


 

Learn more about Black LGBTQ+ artists through the National Museum of African American Music’s Black & Proud series.


Binge watch these stellar movies, series and artist documentaries🍿:

Paris Is Burning - Netflix
Paris Is Burning
Pose (Season 2 just arrived on Netflix!)
Major! (Another hero at Stonewall)
Bessie (Known as the Empress of the Blues)
Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain
Jewel’s Catch One
Kiki
Pick Up The Mic


 

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