Portland PFLAG Black Chapter Holds Black History Month LGBTQ

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

“If we don’t know where we’ve been, how will we know where we’re going?” asked PFLAG Portland Black Chapter introducing the LGBTQ community to a special celebration honoring National Black History Month.
The February 26 event, held at Portland State University, was titled “REMEMBER OUR PAST & BUILDING TOWARDS OUR FUTURE: The Past & Future of the Black LGBTQ Movement.” The event was planned and carried out primarily by PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Coordinator Khalil Edwards. Award winning graphics designer Rupert Kinnard created much of the printed content. Also helping facilitate the content were GLAPN President Robin Will and GLAPN videographer Daniel Spiro.
The large room featured posters representing a timeline of Oregon Black LGBTQ history.
A live panel discussion was held by three veteran Portland Black LGBTQ activists: Kathleen Saadat, a winner of four lifetime achievement awards; Reverend Cecil Prescod, founder of People of Faith Against Bigotry; and Rupert Kinnard, one of the founders of Brother to Brother.  All three have been past recipients of the Queer Heroes NW Award.
The event was also an opportunity to share video clip discussions that were recorded as part of PFLAG Portland Black Chapter’s Black LGBTQ History Project.  Black LGBTQ elders including Clifford Jones, Margaret Ann Jones, and Bobby Fouther were convened to share, discuss, and record the legacy of Black LGBTQ organizing. The videos can be viewed on GLAPN’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/GLAPN.