LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent of New York City conceived a project in late 2010 that could increase participation in and help promote harmony between seemingly disparate communities – the Black Church and Black Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered People – and save lives.
The organization selected Robert Penn productions to create visual records of ten personal stories of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-actualization in both church and sexual minority communities. Eight of the bios were screened at a première event on June 16, 2012. The personal journeys conveyed in these shorts could help others reconcile within themselves and among their families and friends, as well as, stop the prevailing trends of ostracism, bullying, harassment, killing and even suicide of young LGBT people of African descent.
LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent is a membership organization formed to challenge discrimination and exclusionary practices and politics that affect the well-being of LGBT people.