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Beyond Bold and Brave Presents the 2016 Black Lesbian Conference: “The Evolution of Our Community”

March 25, 20168:00 am - March 26, 20165:00 pm

Beyond Bold and Brave’s 2016 Black Lesbian Conference: “The Evolution of Our Community” will be a gathering of Transgender and Cisgender Black/African Descent Lesbians who are teens to elders with varied socio-economic, education, and life/work histories to responsibly and honestly discuss and address important issues and concerns in a respectful, welcoming, and authentic environment. Conference content will focus on Black/African Descent Lesbians in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area. National and international communities are welcome to support, attend, and participate.

CONFERENCE GOALS

Celebrate the individual and collective political, social and cultural victories Black/African Descent Lesbians have achieved and how those triumphs have now and will continue to empower and affirm ourselves.
Assess what issues, concerns, challenges continue to be priorities for our Black/African Descent Lesbian community and develop ways to effectively address and resolve them. Connect us to resources we need to continually lead healthy, productive lives.Create opportunities for the work and projects developed by leaving a lasting legacy and guide for others to carry this work forth.
MISSIONBLC 2016

Beyond Bold and Brave works to increase the visibility of Black/African Descent Lesbians in our communities by supporting and producing programs, projects, and events that responsibly and truthfully affirm and represent Black/African Descent Lesbian life, work, and identity. We defined Black/African Descent Lesbians as a diverse community of women who are: part of the African diaspora including Black, African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latina, Afro-Asian, Afro-European; identify as transgender, cisgender, gender non-conforming, queer, same-gender-loving, as well as additional identities; and are attracted to and/or have relationships with women.

HISTORY

Thirty years after the first Black Lesbian conference in 1980, Black/African Descent lesbians are still consistently marginalized with few public spaces dedicated to the issues unique to us. The lives, issues and contributions of Black/African Descent lesbians are repeatedly minimized or dismissed in shared Black LGBT spaces and are rarely addressed in lesbian-specific/welcoming or women only spaces. These shared LGBT spaces more often address issues relating to women of color collectively and by doing so, repeatedly fail to acknowledge and address the unique challenges facing Black/African descent lesbians within local and regional LGBTQ communities. alyce d. emory and Kim Ford, two LGBT and community activists & workers are working to change this by reclaiming a public space dedicated to the issues unique to this community. The result is the founding of a new Black/African Descent lesbian conference for March 2016.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (in formation)

Friday, March 25: Welcome & Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 26:

Morning – Concurrent presentations on variety of topics targeting three main focuses: Cultural, Personal, and Political
Lunch
Afternoon – Sessions Continue
All Day – Caucus Room – Space for conversations that come up during sessions to continue
All Day – Parking Lot – Room for attendees to leave comments, suggestions, etc.

DONATE
Cannot attend? Please consider making a donation to sponsor an attendee. Donations of any size contribute toward the Black Lesbian Conference scholarship fund.
I cannot attend, but would like to donate!

BECOME A SPONSOR /  PREMIER SPONSOR – $5,000
Special verbal recognition as Premier Sponsor during the conference
Display of company banner at conference
One free night stay at conference host hotel
Lead placement of company name & logo on all printed media releases & promotional materials
Lead placement of company logo with link to your company’s website on conference website
Lead placement of company name & logo with link to your company on all social media (Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter)
Lead placement of company logo on conference signage at all events leading to and during the
conference
Inside front cover page ad in conference program
Full exhibit table opportunity
4 complimentary conference registrations

MAJOR SPONSOR – $2,500
Company name or logo on printed media releases & promotional materials
Company name or logo with link to your company’s website on conference website
Company name or logo on all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Logo or name placement on conference signage at all events leading to and during the conference
Inside back cover ad in conference program
Shared exhibit table opportunity
3 complimentary conference registrations

SUPPORTING SPONSOR – $1,000
Company name or logo on printed media releases & promotional materials
Recognition on conference website
Recognition on all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Half page ad in conference program
Shared exhibit table opportunity
2 complimentary conference registrations

COMMUNITY SPONSOR – $500
Company name or logo on printed media releases & promotional materials
Recognition on conference website
Recognition on all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
One quarter page ad in conference program
1 Complimentary conference registration

CONTACT
For more information, please contact us at 917-532-4426 or blacklesbianconference@gmail.com
This conference is organized by Beyond Bold and Brave, hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

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Details

Start:
March 25, 2016g:00 am
End:
March 26, 2016g:00 pm

Organizer

Unnamed Organizer
Phone:
917-532-4426
Email:
blacklesbianconference@gmail.com

Venue

Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, 10027
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Website:
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/blc2016/