As the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests of early June are joined by conversations around Gay Pride as we move into July, attention has been drawn to how black queer people are often marginalised within the queer community, which is itself already marginalised. Tackling this issue, My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness is an ongoing digital project that explores the multiple existing facets of black queer identity, through a photographic print sale fundraiser, weekly journal and film screenings.
Founded by creative producer Jordan Anderson, MQBMBQ denounces both racism within the queer community, and queerphobia within the black community, and as the website states, the project 'is in dedication and celebration of the lives of trans brothers and sisters of colour, the ones who have survived violence and continue to exist unapologetically and the ones we have lost throughout the past few months and years,' with the names of trans people who have been killed in all caps to remind us of their lives, and how they were lost.
So what's in store? A fundraising sale selling prints from photographers like Campbell Addy, Michael Bailey Gates and Tim Walker over the next three weeks. Each image is offered in a limited edition of 20 copies, 15 of which are offered in a smaller size for £100, and five in a larger size for £400, with prints from guest photographers going for £1000. Once the three weeks have passed, 100% of proceeds (after printing and shipping) will be donated to Jamaican trans charity TransWaveJA and American charity ForTheGworls.
What's more, there's an online journal, in which trans and non-binary people of colour from all over the world tell their stories, having been shot remotely by photographer Damien Frost. In addition, there are weekly screenings of Marlon Riggs films each weekend; Riggs was a luminary American filmmaker and gay rights activist who died age 37 from AIDS in 1994 after making several acclaimed and experimental documentaries.