All Things Black, Art-sy and Gay: Resources for Black LGBT Artists

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Film Festivals

  • Los Angeles: Fusion Film Festival, Outfest, Los Angeles‘ LGBT people of color film festival, March
  • San Francisco: Queer Women of Color Film Festival, San Francisco’s National Queer Arts Festival
  • Cape Town: Out in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa‘s film festival
  • San Francisco: San Francisco Black LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco’s Black LGBT film festival – community project by the Black Coalition on AIDS
  • London: Black Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Exhibition
  • New York City: Queer Black Cinema, NYC Black LGBTQ Monthly Film Series (A Black gay monthly film series that screenings Black gay films every 4th Thursday of the month – hosts the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival in Harlem

Non-Black and Gay But Curious Festivals

Websites

  • Black Womyn (a black, queer, female director promoting social change and insight into the black female queer condition through film. The documentary is structured by interviews— conversations—the director had with each of the women. It features candid interviews with black lesbian women discussing coming out, sexuality and religion, love and relationships, marriage, patriarchy, visibility in media, discrimination and homophobia, activism, gender identity, Black lesbian youth and elders, balancing gender/race/sexuality, and, finally, what it means to call oneself a Black lesbian today. Listings of screenings are available on site)
  • GBF Media (a Black lesbian media company that produces films and commercials)

Bookstores

  • San Francisco: A Different Light
  • Atlanta: In The Life
  • Atlanta: OutWrite Books
  • Washington, DC: Lamda Rising
  • Philadelphia: Giovanni’s Room
  • Boston: Calamus Book
  • St. Petersburg, FL: Brigit Books (Feminist bookstore)
  • St. Louis: Left Bank Books (Indie bookstore) – Works well with self-published authors to get their books on the shelves (tip: the books have to be professionally bound though)
  • Las Vegas: Get Booked (not really sure about this one though)

Networking (Business meet Pleasure)

  • Atlanta: Affair with Flair, Atlanta’s black gay/lesbian focused business networking organization
  • Brooklyn: The Black Lesbians Network (The Black Lesbians Network offers a communal think tank to effectively impact our society and culture)
  • Atlanta: ZAMI (Non-profit seeking to empower and affirm the lives of lesbians of African descent through scholarships, leadership development, support/ discussion groups, social activities, drum performances, outreach and education.
  • Chicago: Affinity Community Services (Non-profit organization currently serving Chicago’s black lesbian and bisexual women’s community)

Check out the companion piece to this article Resources for Black Gay and Lesbian Writers featuring publishers, magazines, newspapers, writer’s retreats, literary conferences, and websites dedicated to LGBT Black writers.

Updated: I hope to keep adding to this list when I hear of other opportunities

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