Summer Engagement: Race / Sexuality
I am Kiessence Bassett I am from Columbia, Missouri and currently studying at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I am a sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and Black Studies with a minor in Constitutional Democracy. For my project this summer, Queer, Black, and Invisible I want to look deep into the intersecting identities of being Queer and Black through a series of modern films.
Black folks who are Queer are being pushed out of marginalized communities specifically the Black community and the LGBTQ plus communities that are predominantly white. The question is why? Throughout history we have seen that if you are Black and Poor, Black and Woman, Black and Queer it seems you must exist differently in different spaces, like a double consciousness. Therefore, I would like to look at the privilege of Queer, white folk and if that is affecting how being Queer and Black is being seen. I would also like to look at the harmful socialization that can happen in the black home when it comes to how being Queer and Black.
Throughout history we have seen that queerness is absence. This absence has caused a rift in the Black home leading queerness to be unacceptable and taboo. Through 3 films we will unpack the intersection of being queer and black.