Black History Month is recognized every year during the month of February. It is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time of recognizing their central role in US history. Since 1976, every US President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
The LGBTQ community are a vital part of Black History Month - here are profiles on two influential leaders whose stories are inspiring:
- Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement
- Andrea Jenkins, the first black trans person elected to public office
Social media provides a vital platform for emerging voices to bring awareness and appreciation for the role of young black LGBTQ+ leaders – if you’re not following these young influencers you should give them a look.
Atlanta-based The Reckoning has comprised a list of new works from Black LGBTQ creatives, authors and musicians slated to be released in 2021 that are on their radar. This list is not exhaustive, but here are a few books, television shows, films, and live theater moments to look out for in 2021.