by Guest Blogger Noelle Lorraine Williams
Newark, NJ has always had a strong, but informal network of intellectual and creative LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community members – whether it is the professionals that lead within the government and social services or the artists: designers, dancers, choreographers and poets — it is clear we are strong threads in the weave of this dynamic city!
The past decade has been dedicated to making our visibility and outreach stronger. While Liberation In Truth Fellowship Church has maintained a presence longer than that, the advent of groups like Newark Pride Alliance, Newark Gay Pride, The African American Office Of Gay Concerns have begun to articulate how Newark’s future can be inclusive of more LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) adults and youth in light of the homophobic and misogynistic murder of then 15 year old, Sakia Gunn in May of 2003, near the Broad and Market street intersection by Richard McCullough. He was ultimately charged with her death and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
One of the current projects dedicated to this is the Newark Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual Community Quilt – Illuminating the Past, Building Our Future. The quilt is a collaboration between Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center and Newark based artist Noelle Lorraine Williams. Everyone who has something to contribute to illuminating Newark’s LGBT past and envisioning our future is welcome to contribute. There will be several preliminary workshops from August 1st – September 16th.
We are taking articles of clothing, scanned images on fabric any size, any memorabilia – one part of the quilt will document our past with an artistic timeline – the other our future!
Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center http://litsjc.org/
Noelle Lorraine Williams www.rebornhome.com
The African American Office of Gay Concerns http://www.aaogc.org/
The first meeting will take place August 1st at Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center at 6:30pm. There will be weekly meetings as follows: These are the workshop dates, there will be additional ones based on need.
Weekday Volunteers Meeting – Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Workshop -Thursday, August 9th – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Workshop -Saturday, August 18th – 12pm – 2:00pm
Workshop – Wednesday, September 5, 6:30pm- 8:00pm
Final Drop Off – September 9, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Final Drop Off – Extended September 13th
Workshop – Began piecing the quilt Saturday, September 16th, 2012
September 22-23, 2012 – Installation, Finalizing, Didactic/ Material Prep, Light
October 4-7, 2012 – The Newark Arts Council Open Doors Studio Tour
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 11 from 5-8 with a poetry event at 6:30pm.
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Telephone: (973) 493 -5174
Minister Jae Quinlan
Pastor Janyce Jackson