Friday, August 7th 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Confronting this country’s history of racism, and reckoning with its manifestation in the present is, in itself, a daunting task. Black LGBTQ individuals have to carry the burden and work of navigating a racist society, and also contend with transphobic and homophobic violence. This societal syndemic shows up in all facets of life, and even within the LGBTQ community itself.
While we are seeing uprisings, and revolutionary push back against a system of oppression that is integral to how this country operates. Black LGBTQ citizens are pushing to broaden the dialogue to explicitly include their narratives and voices.
Octavia Lewis, MPA
Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA is an Activist, Advocate, Humanitarian, Mother and Scholar. Octavia is the Transgender Health Coordinator for the TransWellness Centers at Montefiore, which specializes in a holistic approach to healthcare for TGNC people in the Bronx and Beyond. She understands the many nuances and intersectionality’s of the World in which she exists and therefore aligns herself with those who are in agreeance for the betterment of the TGNC Community. That is why she is a Board Member of PWN-USA (Positive Women Network-USA), Positively Trans Advisory Board Member, Board Member for the Center of Transgender Excellence at UCSF and a Member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Manhattan Chapter. She is a current student at Bronx Community College, where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing. Her mentor, Avery Wyatt, MPH taught her “That People Do Not Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care”.
Dominique Morgan is an award-winning artist, activist, and speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, Mx. Morgan works daily to dismantle systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Partnering their lived experience of incarceration as a youth (which included 18 months in solitary confinement), a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and an extensive background in public health, Dominique continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and the impact it has on our community. Morgan is an NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient and a Young, Black, and Influential Award recipient for Advocacy. In addition to completing their capstone project for studies in the Georgetown University – System Involved LGBTQ Youth Scholar Program, Mx. Morgan is a 2019- 2020 National Juvenile Justice Network Youth Leadership Fellow, 2020 Martin Luther King “Living The Dream” Award Recipient and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize Recipient.
Blak Rapp Madusa is an artivist, performer, and teaching artist with a national impact. For the past five years, they have been building power in Black, queer, and incarcerated communities with movements like Black Lives Matter, Fight4 15, 1Hood Media, and Reclaim Philadelphia.
Jennifer Jones, LCSW, MSW