This week a new campaign was launched in Britain to raise awareness of its black lesbian and gay leaders, part of the 100 Black Britons event as the country prepares to celebrate its Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Month. "Their contribution is too often ignored. This list is a key way of letting communities, black and white, straight and gay, celebrate that contribution," says Rob Berkeley of the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group.
Just a few of the leaders honored are above. At left, Justin Fashanu was the first professional footballer to declare his homosexuality, but his career was derailed by homophobia in both the Black community and in English football. Inge Blackman is a writer, director and film programmer. She has directed several documentaries for British television including BD Women, a stylized documentary about black lesbian culture. At right, Isaac Julien needs little introduction; he's a brilliant director, screenwriter, artist and critic.
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