We have been losing high numbers of Black LGBTQ youth to suicide and homicides for decades. In recent years, we’ve labeled the cause as bullying. But the root cause goes deeper, to the very core of our society that discriminates against the Black LGBTQ community on all levels, including the denial of basic human rights that are supposed to belong to every person.
We are beautiful, diverse and important and deserve respect.
This is why we think it is so important to acknowledge our friends, family members and other allies, who stand in the belief that all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, deserve to feel safe and supported, living life fully expressed in their love and in their truth. That means agreeing to:
- Not use and /or tolerate anti-LGBTQ language and slurs;
- Be compassionate and empathic, even when you don’t fully agree with others;
- Support efforts to end discrimination and harassment wherever you can (at work, in school, in our community, etc.).
We can successfully achieve these with the constant reminder of these key words: Education, Persistence, Love, Acceptance and Support.
Below are a collection of “Love, Acceptance & Support” videos from various parents, families, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning (LGBTQ), straight allies and friends.
Canadian LGBTQ, straight allies and friends share their stories for the “Love, Acceptance & Support” campaign that was started in the Canada to support Black LGBTQ youth.
A collection of “Love, Acceptance & Support” videos from various Canadians in Support of BFF
We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, and you should be too. But we need to continue to speak out for LGBTQ youth.
There’s more to do than watch and record videos. Take a moment to check out these actions you can take right now to make it better for LGBTQ youth:
Record Record. Send us your Love, Acceptance & Support Video!
Share Share your Story. Don’t have a camera? Send us a note and we’ll share some stories in
the coming months.
We want to hear your story
Everyday, thousands of people visit the support section of websites looking for answers and we know that you too can share in that support. The message of your stories can be the most powerful tools in helping parents, families and friends as well as members of the Black LGBTQ community as they work through the coming out process. We need your help in creating a story center in the support section of the website!
We are looking for stories that adhere to the following criteria:
- Love - Tell us about the person who provided you with the love that helps you to be the person you are today.
- Acceptance - How did this person help you come to terms with who you are?
- Support - The ways you were able to maintain and achieve the support in order to gain
Share your story of Love, Acceptance & Support and provide countless Black LGBTQ youth with the inspiration and hope that you wish had while growing up.
Please submit only one video less than five minutes in length. We will be reviewing all materials submitted.
- YouTube/Google Account – In order to upload your video, you must have a valid YouTube account. Click here to create a YouTube account.
- Clear sound is crucial – If no one can hear it, no one will watch it. Make sure to shoot in quiet environments and project.
- Don’t backlight – Make sure light is on your face and not behind it — i.e. don’t sit in front of a bright window.
- Title and tag your video – Use the title “Love, Acceptance and Support” and include your name and location – eg. “Love, Acceptance and Support: Sean and John in Toronto”.Use tags to describe your video so that other people can find it – eg. “Christian Gay Toronto” or “Toronto gay couple”.
Want to add you written story?
BFF (Black Family and Friends) works to promote a society where all people are treated with respect, dignity and equality. Help support our mission of support, education and advocacy by sending in your stories.
Share your written story using the form below and provide LGBTQ youth with a way forward. We need to show them that there’s a positive future ahead and that we care.
Please keep your submissions to in 250 words or less. We will be reviewing all materials submitted.