The public deserves a different take on LGBT life—one that moves beyond the typical mainstream narratives that tend to be focused on queer and trans white people, particularly gay men, who often hail from big cities in the Northeast or on the West coast. Got Somthin’ to Say: A History of Black LGBT ATL, a CASSIUS original documentary, is an exploration of Black LGBT life in the South, in Atlanta.
Got Somthin’ to Say directed and hosted by CASSIUS’s Editor-at-large, Darnell Moore, is a window into the world of Black LGBT people whose lived experiences are as different as they are the same. The four-part docu-series will air during Pride Month, June 2018, but every week in February, we will release a short video profile of one of the several Black LGBT influencers we interviewed for the documentary. This is our way of acknowledging their lived experiences and honoring them for their contributions to the communities. It is our way of queering Black history.
Featuring influencers like Lawrence “Miss Lawrence” Washington (one of the stars in FOX Network’s Starr), the Rev. Duncan Teague (longtime activist and founder of Abundant Love Unitarian Universalist) and Ms. Dee Dee Chamblee (a transgender activist and leader who was recognized as one of President Obama’s nine “Champions of Courage”) among others, Got Somthin’ to Say delves into the experiences of transgender people, HIV activism, police abuse, gentrification, economic disparity, ATL Black Pride, the shifting social life scene and much else.
Make no mistake: Black LGBT people in the south, in ATL, are still here. And they got somthin’ to say. CASSIUS listened.
Check out the teaser above. And be on the lookout for the documentary in June 2018.