For the first time since the launch of this incredible campaign we were able to sit down with the courageous families that shared their personal stories of what it means to be a LGBT person of color or a loved one…
What a remarkable night it was! By now many of you have seen the touching and sometimes painful videos that remind us of the unique struggles we face as LGBT people of color and encourage us all to love and accept each other for all that we are.
“I’m really excited! This campaign has been incredible and it only gets bigger and better from here,” exclaimed Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon, as we kicked off the evening.
On November 11th LGBT people of color, their family, and friends were invited to an intimate evening with the families featured in the three videos created for the Our Families community education campaign. A panel of many of the family members featured in the videos shared with guests what this experience has meant to them.
“Being queer and Muslim I often feel very invisible. We are out there and that’s why I feel my story needed to be told,” said Nancy Haque.
Panel members shared with guests the overwhelming positive responses they have received from friends, family, community members and even strangers:
Melanie Davis told us many heterosexual married couples have shared the videos with their children and sees this as an opportunity to “normalize what is already normal.”
We were reminded of how important and meaningful it is when people from your community share their experiences that often mirror your own:
“People have told me that hearing my story in Korean was so special to them and truly made a difference. Many of my friends have shared it with their family members and some have even used it to come out to their families,” John Joo told guests.
Guests were able to have a conversation with the families and ask questions around why they got involved with Our Families. Later in the evening we were joined by community allies that asked how they, as straight people of color, can be more supportive of LGBT people of color in their communities. “This is an opportunity to continue to build community,” said Avel Gordly.
We are in tremendous gratitude to the families that have shared their lives with us. “It’s not all happy endings.” While this campaign has taken steps in creating dialogue, strengthening community, and building support we know that we still have work to do and together we can continue to create change.
If you would like to be a part of Our Families, share your story, or learn more, click here.