Can you believe that it has been more than 6 years since queer black lovebirds Julia Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs got on the road to tell the story of multiple black LGBTQ lifetimes? As we have moved through space and time together we have learned and relearned what it means to create an experiential archive, to listen deeply, and to open our hearts bravely again and again. During our initial journey across the United States we created over a hundred ceremonies, we listened intimately to individuals and communities during our listening sessions and “Where Have You Been All My Life” intergenerational community events.
Through your support and enthusiasm and all the love we received on the road we learned that our community has a primary craving: home.
Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two young queer black women. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of BrokenBeautiful Press have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.
We believe that the stories of how trans and cis-gendered women, trans men and genderqueer black people grew their own bravery and created community are priceless resources for our communities and the communities of the future. We want to know how these warriors nurtured their deviant selves, we want to know how they raised their children, we want to know how they supported each other, we want to know how they created a culture of love and inclusion despite facing multiple oppressions and social stigmas. We believe that these stories should live forever in our open mouths and our hands reaching for each other. We believe that these herstories are the seeds of a necessary transformation in our culture where deviance is acknowledged as creativity and every member of our communities is lifted up and supported for fulfilling their vision. We see the need to reinvoke submerged traditions of gazing at each other in wonder and taking care of each other diligently.
We understand the modes of survival in our black queer communities which include:
- social support organizing
- artistic creativity
- spiritual transformation
- revolutionary interpersonal relationships
are our key resources as we transform the meaning of life.
“We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”- June Jordan
So here we go… read more