Public Statement on Black Lives Matter
The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana condemns the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Tommie McGlauthen Jr., and far too many others across this nation. We must stand with our Black community and use our platform to enact overdue change. In line with our mission we acknowledge the importance of a diverse historical record. We also recognize the current lack of diversity in the makeup of our Board of Directors and are committed to meaningful change. We must, and will, do better.
Our first steps in that direction will be:
Beginning the process of restructuring our Board of Directors
Partnering with The National Museum of African American History and Culture for their Community Curation Project
Seeking a publisher to commission a book about Black LGBT history of New Orleans by a local queer author of color
Meeting with local LGBT+ organizations of color to discuss preserving their organizational records
Including more queer people of color in our Oral History Initiative
Conducting an annual internal “cultural audit”
We will be fully transparent in this process, and if you feel we are falling short of our commitments, we will listen.
We recognize that Louisiana’s history has often failed to include the Black and Indigenous communities who built the city of New Orleans. While institutions currently seek to redress these issues and make their collections more inclusive, we know that there is still much work to be done. The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana vows to partner with institutions in creating more diverse BIPOC collections and oral histories and continue to support and develop partnerships with Black led organizations.
We have joined hundreds of institutions around the country in signing the open letter, LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence, and we are committed to backing our words with action. Black Lives Matter.