Our Families: Featuring African American Families

| October 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Being Black and Queer is a unique experience with unique trials and triumphs. In this video from Our Families, African American families share their personal stories with us. Our Families is a community education campaign that raises the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people of color.

We spoke with and interviewed families from Latino, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities.* We are excited to share the second video in our series that feature personal stories about her son’s unique experience of being black and gay.

Avel Gordly speaks about her son’s unique experience of being black and gay.

“Frankly, there have been times when I’ve been afraid for Ty. This can be a hostile walk in the Portland community just being black and male, so to be black and male and gay adds to the fear that I’ve felt sometimes for his safety, and at the same time I know that he is part of a community that has embraced him”.

We believe all our families have so much in common: we struggle to put healthy food on the table, get our kids a good education, and to overcome the discrimination that keeps our families down. This is also true for LGBT families of color who face incredible struggles to keep their loved ones and themselves safe.

“Everyone wants the same thing, and that’s the quality of life: to be accepted and to be able to just be free, to love; support that, if nothing else support that,” says Kijana Winchester.

Did you know that…

  • Black same-sex female couples earn $10,000 less a year than black straight couples.
  • Almost a quarter of African American students that identify as LGBT miss days of school each month because they feel unsafe.

We believe our communities are strongest when all our families are honored and respected, so that we can thrive together.

It’s time to come out in support of Our Families. Please join us!

If you would like to be part of Our Families, share your story, or learn more, click here.

*We understand that there are many LGBTQ communities and that not all have been represented in our videos. We wanted to be sure that the communities represented had meaningful representation within the campaign.

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