Black Family & Friends (BFF) provides support, education, & resources to Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex, queer, & questioning youth, their families, friends, classmates, coworkers, service providers & allies through the Love, Acceptance & Support campaign.
Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily challenges, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for Black LGBTQ youth, who often hide their sexuality for fear of rejection and violence. Without other openly LGBTQ adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, LGBTQ adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves. In worst cases this has led to suicide or homicide.
BFF was created to show young Black LGBTQ youth the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach — if they can just get Love, Acceptance and Support as they go through life. We want to remind Black youth in the LGBTQ community that they are not alone — and that they are well supported. Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.
BFF acknowledges that homophobia and transphobia within the families and communities of Black LGBTQ youth seriously affect health and wellbeing. BFF supports Black LGBTQ youth and their families to have healthy relationships and to address homophobia and transphobia in Black communities. BFF challenges this by creating resources that address the specific needs of Black LGBTQ youth and information sharing.