April 6, 2020

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming to everyone.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Run across an article you’d like us to consider? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

First Look: Queer Harlem Renaissance Spotlights Claude McKay and the Unsung LGBTQ Community in Congo Caberet

Source: The Root

Author: Tonja Renée Stidhum

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Before reading this article, were you familiar with the works of black queer artists like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Alain Locke and Claude McKay? If so, where did you learn about them? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  2. The article notes that filmmaker Deondray Gossett prefers the term same gender loving (SGL) as opposed to queer. What do you know about this term and its significance in the black community?
  3. Quincy LeNear claims that visibility and financial support are two key factors in uplifting queer black voices. What else would you recommend to allies who would like to ensure that the voices of queer black artists are heard?
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