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LEGACIES IN MOTION: BLACK QUEER TORONTO ARCHIVAL PROJECT

LEGACIES IN MOTION: BLACK QUEER TORONTO ARCHIVAL PROJECT

Legacies in Motion unearths stories of activism from the Black LGBTQ communities of Toronto throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Legacies in Motion unearths stories of activism from the Black LGBTQ communities of Toronto throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s.

This video provides a snapshot of Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Archival Project‘s first exhibition: See We Yah! See We Yah! which unearthed and celebrated the political and cultural activism of Black LGBTQ communities in Toronto in the 80’s and 90’s. The groups, organizations and events created during that period were forerunners in providing a voice and visibility to Black LGBTQ issues both locally and nationally. They also laid the foundation for events, organizations and movements addressing these issues today.

This video provides a snapshot of Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Archival Project‘s first exhibition: See We Yah! See We Yah! which unearthed and celebrated the political and cultural activism of Black LGBTQ communities in Toronto in the 80’s and 90’s. The groups, organizations and events created during that period were forerunners in providing a voice and visibility to Black LGBTQ issues both locally and nationally. They also laid the foundation for events, organizations and movements addressing these issues today.

Courtnay McFarlane is a writer, visual artist, activist, and community organizer. McFarlane was a founding member of a number of Black queer groups and organizations in the early 1980s and 1990s, such as Zami, Sepia, AYA Men, which provided voice and visibility for Black LGBTQ2 individuals and issues. He has also been on the board of the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival. He also curated Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Toronto Archive Project as part of the Myseum Intersections festival 2019. This exhibition explored stories of the vibrant period of Black LGBTQ2 political organizing and cultural activism in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s. MacFarlane has published work in Fiery Spirits (edited by Ayanna Black) and in Plush: Selected Poems (edited by Lynn Crosbie and Michael Holmes). He is co-editor of MÃKA Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent.

Courtnay McFarlane is a writer, visual artist, activist, and community organizer. McFarlane was a founding member of a number of Black queer groups and organizations in the early 1980s and 1990s, such as Zami, Sepia, AYA Men, which provided voice and visibility for Black LGBTQ2 individuals and issues. He has also been on the board of the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival. He also curated Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Toronto Archive Project as part of the Myseum Intersections festival 2019. This exhibition explored stories of the vibrant period of Black LGBTQ2 political organizing and cultural activism in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s. MacFarlane has published work in Fiery Spirits (edited by Ayanna Black) and in Plush: Selected Poems (edited by Lynn Crosbie and Michael Holmes). He is co-editor of MÃKA Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent.