Getting ready for this book club means that I have been exploring with a little more depth what it means for me to be black and lesbian. This is made all the more difficult because I don’t have any black, lesbian friends. In fact, I don’t have that many gay friends to begin with. I am finding it increasingly difficult to search out gay functions and be the token black or search out black functions and have to deal with homophobia. This is why I take the writer Pat Parker’s quote so close to heart.
“If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, ‘No, you stay home tonight, you won’t be welcome,’ because I’m going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I’m going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are antihomosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution. “
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of driving up to Hampshire College in Amherst to see a screening of a great movie about black lesbians. I’ve included the trailer below. It was great. The Q&A session with the director at the end was equally enlightening. Check it out then go to the MySpace page and WordPress blog for more information.