Stirring the Waters, Fanning the Flames

When: September 25 – 2:30pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Museum of the African Diaspora

Who: Ericka Huggins in Conversation with Ronald K. Porter

What: In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) is holding a series of important conversations across generations. As the first event in the Silver Anniversary Speakers Series, GLBTHS is proud to present, in collaboration with MoAD, activist, educator, former political prisoner and leader of the Black Panther Party, Ericka Huggins, in conversation with UC Berkeley doctoral student in Social and Cultural Studies in Education, Ronald K. Porter.

Ericka and Ronald will discuss perspectives on LGBTQ history in communities of color and white communities; the Black Panther Party’s relationship with the Gay Liberation Movement; and sustaining activism across boundaries of gender, race and sexual orientation. Their conversation will illuminate how Black and LGBTQ organizations of the past dealt with and talked about issues of sexuality. They will show how knowing this history helps us understand connections between race and sexuality in today’s political, social and economic climate.


More on Ericka Huggins

The International Black Panther Party Film Festival @ the Main Library in Downtown Oakland will be held on October 23rd in the Auditorium from 11am to 5pm.  Ericka Huggins is interviewed in the documentary.

Polynesian Panthers Documentary (Facebook)

Polynesian Panther documentary screens on Maori Television


4 Responses to “Stirring the Waters, Fanning the Flames”

  1. donna rose Says:

    hey there sistalove…this should be interesting since the black panther party for defense was the first (and seems like the only) black organization that recognized “homosexuals” as revolutionary comrades…true, lots of members locally had a hard time w/this, but still it was there!

    • Sister Comrade Donna Rose thank you for this bit of information. No, I didn’t know the Panthers acknowledged “homosexual” in the movement. I recall misogny and homophobia of Bobby Seale, H. Rap Brown, and Rev. Eldridge Cleaver whom if my memory serves me correctly turned out to be a cross dressing conservative christian.

      The one exception of course was Huey P. Newton’s essay “A Letter from Huey Newton to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters about the Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements”. I think folks attribute this essay to the Black Panther’s stance on homosexuality in general, but the credit goes to Newton.

  2. donna rose Says:

    oh yea, i was a member in chicago back then, when free school lunches were a true gift (and consisted of real food)from the people!!!

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