January 7, 2020

How can we as queer black people in the UK explore our complicated identities when so many want us eradicated, for the colour of our skin, our queerness or both?

Tiarna Armstrong, 22

The original title for this piece was Afreakan because that’s how I, and I’m sure many others belonging to the black diaspora in the UK, would identify. This semi-autobiographical piece focuses on what it means to be African, British, black and queer and how to make sense of these multiple and varied identities. It is especially difficult for queer black people in the UK as many African nations are dangerous for people of the LGBTQIA+ community. At the same time, with the resurgence of (extreme) right wing groups and political agendas across Europe, the racism that this country was built on is mounting once again. How are we meant to explore and nurture our identities when there are so many who want to eradicate us, whether it be for our blackness or our queerness?

Afreakan, 2019Screenplay (10 minute film)