I've been inspired by activists who have been documenting the UK's Black Queer community since the late 90's. Archives such as Rukus at the London Metropolitan Archive are very important. 8 years ago I started my own project, after realising that not many younger people knew about the history of the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre. My film Under Your Nose indirectly led to Haringey Vanguard - oral history and archive project on BAME LGBTQ+ communities from the 1970s- 1990s in partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives and Bruce Castle Museum.
Our recent exhibition We Have Always Been Here II at MOCA gallery in Peckham, took place on Bellenden Road, the very road that the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre opened in 1992.
We want to celebrate the achievement of the workers, management, and allies of the BLGC. Nubian Jak Community Trust has identified the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre as a potential recipient of a heritage plaque. Founded in 2006, the trust is the only commemorative plaque and sculpture scheme focused on memorialising the historic contributions of Black and minority ethnic people in Britain.
We feel a plaque on the site of the former centre would be a fitting acknowledgement of the ongoing legacy of the BLGC's work as part of the overall struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in the UK.
Please support our fundraising efforts and join us in the celebration later in 2022.
Veronica, Helen & Sho