A Craving for Intergenerational Connection
Mobile Homecoming is the brainchild of Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace, MDiv; who have been described as, “two black queer love birds - a filmmaker with a seminary degree and a black feminist retro-stalker with a Ph.D - who get in a vintage RV and travel around the country listening to and honoring their Black LGBTQ elders to benefit their community and the world.”
Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries as well as young folks. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of BrokenBeautiful Press and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist decided to dedicate their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century.
We believe that the stories of how trans and cis-gendered women, trans men and genderqueer black people grew their own bravery and created community are priceless resources for our communities and the communities of the future. We want to know how these warriors nurtured their deviant selves, we want to know how they raised their children, we want to know how they supported each other, we want to know how they created a culture of love and inclusion despite facing multiple oppressions and social stigmas. We believe that these stories should live forever in our open mouths and our hands reaching for each other. We believe that these herstories are the seeds of a necessary transformation in our culture where deviance is acknowledged as creativity and every member of our communities is lifted up and supported for fulfilling their vision. We see the need to reinvoke submerged traditions of gazing at each other in wonder and taking care of each other diligently.
We understand that the modes of survival in our black queer communities include:
- social support organizing
- artistic creativity
- spiritual transformation
- revolutionary interpersonal relationships
These are our key resources as we transform the meaning of life.