George T. Nicola, GLAPN: Northwest LGBTQ History
Q Center and GLAPN observed Black History Month with a gallery display that highlighted contributions Portland African American LGBTQ people and allies have made to the community going back to the early 1970s.
Materials on display came from the archives of GLAPN, the Northwest’s LGBTQ historical society.
The exhibit featured plaques of African Americans who have won GLAPN’s Queer Heroes NW Award. A major highlight was a series of posters about Portland black LGBTQ history. The posters were created by award-winning Portland gay African American graphics designer Rupert Kinnard. Duplicate copies of Rupert’s posters were used in a Portland public school during February for a Black History Month assembly.
The Q Center GLAPN exhibit debuted a pictorial history of PFLAG Portland Black Chapter. PFLAG Portland Black Chapter is the first PFLAG group in the nation created by and for the black community. The organization contributed considerable input for the exhibit.
Reception for the exhibit was held on February 22, but most of the displays remained in place until month end. The exhibit and its reception were organized by GLAPN President Robin Will and GLAPN member Margaret-Ann Jones, who is also active with Portland PFLAG Black Chapter and LOCA (Lesbians of a Certain Age).
All Queer Heroes NW narratives are online at http://www.glapn.org/9060QueerHeroesMain.html.