Happy Black Gay Pride!!!

27 04 2012

This is my favorite weekend in Philadelphia. For at least the last 60 years, Black LGBT men and women would travel to our great City for the annual Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania (which have been celebrated since 1895). Even at turbulent times when it wasn’t safe to be Black or gay in America, our elders would gather in private homes and at the City’s finest ballrooms (in West Philadelphia) for the best parties, dinners, award shows and other happenings.

We continue that tradition today. During this weekend, the local family will come out–the weekly bar hoppers and socialites, as well as those who make an appearance once or twice a year. Many will visit Philadelphia for the Relays, and enjoy the host of parties planned by the Philadelphia black gay pride organization. Even the ancestors will gather–remembering when they were “there” and bidding wishes of fun, laughter, safety, responsibility and love to all of us .

If you’re in Philadelphia this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to learn our history, while taking in the sights of Penn Relays and Black Gay Pride. Take lots of photographs. Make new friends. Meet your new lover. Network. Create new opportunities. Continue the tradition.

Philadelphia’s Social Scene for Black LGBTs: 1950s to the present, photography exhibit, FREE, now till 5/19,  click here.

Philadelphia Black Gay Pride weekend events, click here.


A Voice for All People, Kwanzaa Celebration 2010

5 01 2011

A Voice for All People, Philly’s radically inclusive gospel choir, performed during the annual community Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (12/29/10). The community celebration was organized by 24 LGBT organizations;over 400 attended the celebration.

The quality of this video is not great, but listen to their voices. Philadelphia is lucky to have A Voice for All People.

Conversation with the Archivists Society and The Catacombs: Interview Posted

13 09 2010

Community member viewing items from the Standing Collection during Black Gay Pride 2007.

On August 24, 2010,  Gary Hines of The Catacombs Online Radio program interviewed Archivists Society founder about the origins of the group and its current events. The Archivists Society is thrilled to be a part of the interview, and thankful to Gary Hines for everything he does in and with the community.

There were some technical difficulties, but still a great experience. Please click on the link below:

The Catacombs Interview with Archivists Society Founder Kevin Trimell Jones

Support the Archivists Society, ‘Needs’ List

3 09 2010

Over the past few weeks, several people have asked how they could support the work and vision of the Archivists Society.  I have developed a list of items/resources that would really provide help in preserving and exhibiting the collections.

The Archivists Society could really use:

  • Document Boxes (assorted sizes)
  • Archival File Folders (letter size)
  • Melinex Sleeves (assorted sizes)
  • Sheets of Archival Paper
  • High Capacity Photo Boxes
  • Record Storage Cartons
  • Drop-Front Boxes (assorted sizes)
  • All-Stabilio Pencils
  • Pairs Cotton Gloves
  • Label Holders with Inserts
  • Scanner
  • Printer

In order to be effective in preserving, products should be acid-free and meet other specifications to ensure the longevity of the materials. Visit Family Archives for more information on their products and get an idea of the types of materials and resources that are most helpful.

Please consider adding to the Archivists Society. Every little bit helps. Contact Kevin Trimell Jones for additional information and to make a contribution.

Questions for the Archivists Society? Tune in TONIGHT.

24 08 2010

Kevin Trimell Jones, Archivists Society

Gary Hines, host of  The Catacombs Online Radio Show, and the Archivists Society’s founder Kevin Trimell Jones, will discuss Philadelphia’s Black LGBT history. The interview will take place TONIGHT,  Tuesday August 24, 2010 @ 7:30PM.

Please tune in and share your questions, experiences and reflections on Philadelphia’s Black LGBT history. Send your comments and/or questions to gqhines@gmail.com.

The Catacombs airs on G-town Radio every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 7-9 PM.

Navigate to the site: click http://www.gtownradio.com, click on the “listen hi” tab at the top of the page (your computer’s media player will pick up the broadcast). You can also listen via ITunes.

Visit Gary Hines at http://www.garyq.blogspot.com or http://catacombs.podomatic.com.

The Catacombs Interviews Archivists Society Founder Kevin Trimell Jones, Tues 8/24

23 08 2010

The Archivists Society is excited for an upcoming conversation with Gary Hines, host of  The Catacombs online radio show. Kevin Trimell Jones, Archivists Society Founder, will discuss the organization, the recent Bayard Rustin Exhibit at the William Way Center and Philadelphia’s Black LGBT history.

The interview will take place on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @ 7:30PM. Tune in online at G-town Radio…The Sound from Germantown (click http://www.gtownradio.com; click on the “listen hi” tab at the top of the page; your computer’s media player will pick up the broadcast). You can also listen via ITunes.

Send your questions for Kevin to gqhines@gmail.com.

The Catacombs pays tribute to a former Philadelphia destination spot. Located under Second Story, The Catacombs club (1127 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) provided an after hour space where African American gays danced to the roots of house music. Gary Hines honors this history every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 7-9 PM. In addition to its interview format, the show focuses on fast house, dance, tribal, jungle, club and crazy beats from the late 70’s and early 80’s.

For past shows, visit http://www.garyq.blogspot.com or http://catacombs.podomatic.com.

Click here for information on former The Catacombs club.

From the Archives [FTA]: Posts about the Standing Collection

20 08 2010

The Archivists Society is excited about your visit to our blog. We hope that you will visit often and view the items in our standing collection as it continues to grow with artifacts and memorabilia. Until we have an actual location to house Philadelphia’s Black LGBT history, we will post items here (for your viewing, enjoyment, reflections, conversations and comments).

We hope that you will connect with the items. Please provide relevant information about them. This is how we build and connect this important history.