Lee Perry shares his journey as an African-American gay male leader and as former drag performer Leigh Montgomery in Dayton, Ohio (Part 1)

Black gay men must be seen, heard, affirmed and respected. Lee Perry has worked for years to help accomplish that — from serving on the board of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, helping plan the annual Pride parade, and now...

Young gay African-American Ken Smith: his lesbian grandmother gave him important advice: "You do You!"

Ken Smith, a young gay African-American man from Dayton, Ohio, started coming out in the 1990s. His openly lesbian grandmother Grace (Thornton) Vaughn, gave him some important advice from 20 years earlier: “You do You!” Grace sued to marry her...

Faith: I didn’t want her, but I needed her.

At the age of 20, I was pregnant and determined to have an abortion, but my dad encouraged me to keep Faith. Ever since that choice, my life has been filled with a good love from the most authentic person...

In Their Own Words: Discovering Community Narratives of Healing & Resilience

How the African American community “copes and pivots” to ensure that they have a seat at the table.

Immigration to a White America

My father immigrated to America from Trinidad and Tobago when he was almost 10 years old. When he arrived to Baltimore, Maryland, he noticed a racial divide between blacks and whites. Whites were treated as if they were better than...

Lela Jackson and son Charles Jackson talk about love and family.

In this interview I talked to my mom that is 40 years old about our family. We went deep in the history of our family and the last jobs that my late grandfather took place in. Also about my grandmother...

Story of African American Matriarch & Fashionista

Communications student, Anita, interviews her mother Mary, in a 20-minute conversation about being a teen bride, life in the sixties for her African-American family, politics, and, the awesome tradition of black women who wear amazing hats to church, every Sunday....