Island SPACE Caribbean Museum’s series of programs explore issues of social justice and pride

G. Wright Muir, Jamaican-American Co-Founder of Black LGBTQ Liberation Inc | Photo courtesy of G. Wright Muir

[PLANTATION] – In a groundbreaking move, the first and only Caribbean heritage museum in the United States, Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, will host an exhibit exploring the progress made by members of the LGBTQ+ community.

On Tuesday, May 10, a special opening event will launch the first of the museum’s programming on social justice issues. “Queer Caribbeans: Resilience, Resistance and Reimaginingwill present a multimedia and historical retrospective showcase of the racial and cultural achievements of Caribbean LGBTQ+ rights activists. The project will focus on the leaders who laid the groundwork for victories within the Caribbean LGBTQ+ diasporic community. Also, their contributions to broader LGBTQ+ liberation movements in the United States.

Exhibition “Queer Caribbeans”

Island SPACE partnered with Black LGBTQ+ nonprofits Liberation, Inc. and Caribbean Equality Project to organize the project. ‘Queer Caribbeans’ exhibition will document the intersection of the Caribbean and LGBTQ+ rights activism with an extensive repertoire of photographs, news footage, oral histories and videos featuring respected rights advocates Caribbean LGBTQ+. Visitors will enjoy the works and words of figures including beloved Trinidadian-American activist Colin Robinson, Guyanese-American founder of the Caribbean Equality Project Mohamed Q. Amin, Jamaican-American co-founder of Black LGBTQ+ Liberation G. Wright, Tobagonian-American actress Dominique Jackson, and Jamaican-American writer and spoken word artist Staceyann Chin.

Series of programs

The public is invited to join special guests and enjoy live entertainment at the Opening Reception on Tuesday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m. A virtual panel will explore issues and progress within this community in the Caribbean region. It will take place on Wednesday, June 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., during Pride Month. An in-person panel will discuss progress within the Caribbean LGBTQ+ Diaspora on Wednesday, June 29 from 6-8 p.m.

From May to October 2022, Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, with funding from the Broward Community Foundation, will present a series of exhibitions and events highlighting social justice issues. Specifically, affecting Caribbean and Caribbean American communities. The first in the six-month series addresses issues affecting LGBTQ+ people. Subsequent themes will include emancipation and the region’s complex history with the concept of freedom. Also, colorism and gender roles among Latin Americans. To learn more about “Queer Caribbeans” and the Island SPACE social justice question series, visit islandspacefl.org/socialjustice.

Support SPACE island and the Social Justice Series was provided by Broward Mall, Florida Power & Light Company, Grace Foods, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts and the following Community Foundation of Broward funds: Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Jack Belt Memorial Fund, Ginny and Tom Miller Fund, Stearns Weaver Miller Fund for the Arts, Harold D. Franks Fund.

Promote artistic and cultural education

Island SPACE (Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of arts, culture, history and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region in South Florida and the wider diaspora community. The organization produces events and supports independent artists, organizations and groups who offer high-level presentations in various art forms. Its flagship project is the Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, the first and only Caribbean heritage museum in the United States. Find more information about islandspacefl.org.

Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc. (BLL) is a global nonprofit organization focused on achieving positive outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in BIPOC. Their mission is to provide programs and services to eradicate homophobia and transphobia. In addition to achieving positive results in the lives of marginalized LGBTQ+ people. They focus on the arts, social justice, health and wellness.

the Caribbean Equality Project is a grassroots organization that empowers, advocates, and represents Black and Brown, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Gay Caribbean immigrants in New York City. Through public education, community organizing, civic engagement, storytelling, and cultural and social programming, the organization’s work focuses on advocacy for LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, gender equity, racial justice, immigration and mental health services, and ending hate violence in the Caribbean diaspora.

Elna M. Lemons