The Caribbean Equality Project 4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally Event fosters critical conversations related to queer Caribbean migrant histories, healthy relationships, and coming out narratives, as well as driven to construct healing spaces of dialogue, visibility, and unity through storytelling, educational presentations, cultural performing arts, films, and panel discussions. Oftentimes queer people of color communities are pushed to the margins in discourses of “pride,” “L.O.V.E.” uniquely creates an unprecedented cultural exploration of the intersectionality of Queer, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming identities and Caribbeanness.

This is an intergenerational space in nature, grounded in community building with a focus on uplifting those who out of fear live in the shadows to safely access resources and share their experiences of living without essential health care, mental health care, and legal status. Through a multidisciplinary approach, “L.O.V.E.” produces an opportunity for activists, organizers, academics, and artists to empower community members impacted by mental health issues, family rejection, isolation, and living with HIV, which adds another layer of stigma, shame, and discrimination to seek support and find community.

The project’s ongoing goals are to network, celebrate, educate, build capacity and highlight the cultural diversities and colorful identities of the diasporic Caribbean LGBTQ+ community in NYC.

This is a benefit for the Caribbean Equality Project and is open to the public. No one will be turned away for their inability to pay. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.