WHY WE'RE HERE - Even with more resources being dedicated to LGBTQ issues, Black/African Descent lesbians are still consistently marignalized with few public spaces dedicated to addressing issues unique to us. This marginalization unfortunately continues in shared Black LGBTQ spaces which results in Black/African descent lesbian lives, issues and contributions being systematically minimalized or dismissed. This also occurs in shared Black LGBTQ in lesbian specific/welcoming or women-only spaces which frequently address "women of color" issues and refuse to genuinely address the unique challenges Black/African descent lesbians constantly face. With this marginalization comes less to no funding or other resources that address our needs. Because of this, Alyce D. Emory and Kim L. Ford, two NYC community workers & activitsts, developed Beyond Bold And Brave, as a solution to this issue.
WHO WE ARE - BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE works to increase the visibility of Black/African Descent Lesbians* in our communities by supporting and producing programs, projects and events that responsibly and truthfully affirm and represent Black /African Descent Lesbian life, work and identity. We define Black/African Descent Lesbians* as a diverse community of women who are: part of the African diaspora including Black, African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latina, Afro-Asian, Afro-European; identify as transgender, cisgender, gender non-conforming, queer, same-gender loving as well as additional identities; and are attracted to and/or have relationships with women.
OUR WORK - BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE has produced "Its Not Just Talk" Women's History Month Salute (2015), NYC Black Pride Women's Forum (2015), "The Evolution of Our Community" Black Lesbian Conference (2016), "Work As Memoir" Black Lesbian Conference (2018)
We're also proud to support a variety of programs and organizations including LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change, Lesbian DIY Fest, Circle of Voices"Diggin Up The Sistah Roots" Honors, NY LGBTQI Day of Advocacy, The Black & Latino LGBTQ Coalition, NY Council District 10's First LGBT Town Hall, and Harlem's African American Day Parade.