In May 2020, the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed on the street in broad daylight by a white police officer kneeling on his neck, was seen all over the world, inciting uproar around the globe. That same week Tony McDade, a Black transgender man, was also murdered by police, yet his death received only a small fraction of the same outcry.
Tony, like many of our Black LGBTQ+ community members, had to not only overcome injustice, but also invisibility. There was little news within Black spaces or LGBTQ+ spaces about Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Malaysia Booker, or the countless other Black LGBTQ+ individuals who, quite sadly, go forgotten.
On June 14, 2020, an estimated 30,000+ people gathered at the historic intersection of Hollywood and Highland for the All Black Lives Matter (ABLM) march. The march has since been commemorated permanently on Hollywood Blvd. along the Walk of Fame with a street art installation designed by Luckie Fuller on the very block the inaugural march was held.
BLAC not only set out to highlight and celebrate Black LGBTQ+ communities, but also to remind the world that we do not get to choose which lives have value. BLAC aims to create opportunities to unite, educate, and inform. As a core group of Black LGBTQ+ community leaders, we recognize the very different experiences of those who live at the intersectional identities of race and sexuality. We wanted to bring attention and action to address racism within the LGBTQ+ community and homophobia and transphobia within Black communities.