The stories and contributions of Black LGBTQ people often go unheard and unseen. Exploring the intersections of these identities is necessary to advance our movements towards justice. It is also important to learn from those who have been a part of the movement for decades; Black LGBTQ people have been at the forefront of both the civil rights and LGBTQ rights movements. In an effort to elevate the voices and visibility of our collective history, GSAs throughout the country can celebrate Black History Month throughout February.
As you may have heard, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are currently investigating incidents of harassment and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and perceived LGBT students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. Anoka-Hennepin's policy mandates that staff "remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation" and prevents staff from acknowledging the existence of LGBT people or providing support to LGBT students.