The program was one of many being held in honor of Black History month and highlighted a population of the African American community that often times is underrepresented. Dr. Ravi Perry (top image, right), a political science professor at VCU and author with a number of books published on the Black LGBTQ expereince, led the lecture and dialogue. He presented research and statistics on the disparities with in the Black LGBTQ community in relation to criminal justice, finances, and marriage to name a few.
The lecture began with Dr. Perry presenting evidence that seemingly dispelled the myth that the African American Community was less tolerant of the LGBTQ community than other races.
After the lecture, an open dialogue allowed for the audience to interact with Perry who encouraged attendees to fill out worksheets describing levels of oppression and the labels one uses to define themselves.
Through the exercise, Perry illustrated how – despite perceived differences – sharing our stories can lead to striking similarities as well. A Question and Answer session followed during which Dr. Perry elaborated on the many different ways in which one can become involved in positively impacting Black LGBTQ youth, with whom he impressed the future of the Black LGBTQ community lies.
This discussion was a much needed one and the information and the dialogue invaluable. It is this writers hope that this will be the beginning of many collaborations.
April 18th is National Transgender HIV Testing Day, so group up with some folks you care about and check out T-Gurlz Rock RVA, an event at Diversity Richmond Tuesday evening. The inaugural National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) was held last April 18th in 2016. “NTHTD is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV [...]