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

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Joseph F. Beam: Reflections from the Heart of a Mother

17 08 2010

Courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News

In March 2007, Lee Carson, of the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council, and Tyrone Smith and Kevin Jones, of the Archivists Society, sat down to speak to the mother of Joseph Beam, Ms. Dorothy Beam.

Joseph F. Beam (12/30/54-12/27/88) was born in Philadelphia, PA. A noted author and activists, he edited In the Life, the first Black gay anthology (published by Allyson Press in 1986).

According to the mother of Joseph Beam:

“There is some kind of fear in the black population that says they have to hide their gay sons. Religion frowns on this, but this is YOUR child… They ask: ‘Well how can you be so expressive and your son was gay?’ How can I not be? He’s my son!”

“…When Essex (Hemphill) came over to finish the book, he stayed at my house and got himself a job and an apartment… Essex wanted to finish the book because he loved Joe…one of the things Joe wanted was for gay people to be gay people. Joe’s books speak for themselves. When he wrote his books, there weren’t that many black gay books out. He would have written more but God called him to glory. But I thank Essex for coming over to finish it.”

“They say to pray for the gay sons. I don’t have to pray for God to change my son because that’s how he made him. If I’m going to pray for anything, I’m going to pray for God to change me into a white woman with blond hair.”

Dorothy Beam
March 24, 2007