LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent of New York City continued its efforts to promote harmony between seemingly disparate communities – the Black Church and Black Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered People – by working with young openly LGBT people in a Summer 2012 biography project.

The organization, led by Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, identified young gatekeepers who were willing to write and record their biographies with the intent of increasing visibility and outreach to other young people who might be suffering from bullying or internal rejection. The full video bios, which the young people shot with pocket HD cameras, were premiered on September 15, 2012. Though their lives are still young - most of them are around 20 - their personal journeys conveyed a great deal of self-awareness and self-care.

Robert Penn productions worked with the young community leaders, teaching them basic interviewing techniques and editing their footage. Cutdowns of the video bios appear here on our channel.

You can view the full bios, which range in length from under two minutes to nearly 6 minutes, at

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. You can see

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