Every year in the month of February we celebrate the lives and achievements of prominent African-Americans who have made an impact on the world. Many of these people were same gender loving, but this aspect of their lives were often never recorded in history books and definitely never celebrated. But this week in Atlanta that will all change.
The PHYRE project aims to ensure that the truth about African-American LGBT persons is known, understood, and celebrated. PHYRE, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is honoring African-American history by dedicating the week of February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007 to celebrating and remembering lesbian, gay, and bisexual African-American women and men who too have shaped the American mosaic through their contributions in politics, social justice, film, art, music dance, religion, and literature.
The organizers plan on making this tribute an annual event that is rooted in Atlanta, but stretches across all communities in the United States, with hopes that within Black History month, America will dedicate one week to honor the contributions of its black lesbian, gay, and bisexual past. All events will be free of charge and open to the public.
I will definitely be attending the panel discussion on Question Homophobia on Wednesday night. If you're in Atlanta don't miss this opportunity to engage other SGL brothas and sistas in dialogue that is instrumental to moving our community forward. Check out the links provided for a complete list of activities.