Courtesy of Black and Gay Facebook Page

Black and Gay is a worldwide directory made up of Black LGBTQ artists, writers, businesses, and everyone in between. The group promotes sponsored events for black and gay businesses, participates in fundraising events, and facilitates distribution of safe sex materials to Black and Gay subscribers. 

Founded by Michael Myers, Black and Gay is a directory and chat where entrepreneurs and artists can connect. The mission of the organization is to empower and facilitate the wellbeing of the Black LGBTQ+ Community across the globe. Myers, who is originally from Texas, first fell in love with New Orleans when he was 18 and wants to build a place where Black LGBTQIA+ people can meet, connect and share ideas.

“I noticed that there are hardly any Black and gay businesses in New Orleans,” he said. “I want to create a network where people in the community can meet.”

 

Black and Gay has only been operational for a month, but has already hosted art markets in the Lower Garden District, which has featured photography, jewelry and more, created by members of the community. On the Black and Gay website, Myers also offers some of his own merchandise, such as t shirts and hats, with the hope of soon including other artists’ work.

“I want to create an Etsy-type space, where people can sell what they create,” he said.

Another goal of Black and Gay is to work with The Center– the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community center to produce drag shows.

Myers explained, “I want there to be a space for New Orleans Black drag queens to perform. I want to work with The Center, so that we can help each other.”

Black and Gay is a resource that seeks to support the positive advancement of the Black LGBT Community. They are focused on improving the negative stigma placed on the Black LGBT Community in the media and keep their members updated with frequent posts on their Facebook page about community fundraisers, art and news.

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