Please tell us about yourself. Who you are, how long have you been involved with the coalition and the reasons for getting involved?
My name is Jordan Daniels, I use he/him pronoun series, and I am a Black/Jewish kid from who grew up in the Bay and now calls San Diego home. This will be fourth consecutive year being involved with the Coalition and I originally got involved because I knew I was moving to Central San Diego and had attended a queer person of color Mixer, where I met some people from the Coalition who informed me how possible it was to connect with San Diego’s Black LGBTQ+ Community. As someone who exists at different intersections of identity, it’s crucial for me to work with others to build a thriving center for Black Queer and Trans life in San Diego, as well as a vibrant wider indigenous and person of color community. I believe one pathway to freedom is through lens of joy and creating spaces for joy in Black LGBTQ+ life in San Diego is the exact reason why I continue to commit to supporting this community.
What are some highlights from your time at the Coalition?
Putting together the first Black Pride and truly realizing how necessary it was for many folx. People from all around Southern California came for this, which underscored how impactful an event like this is. Also, organizing a virtual Black variety show in the beginning of the pandemic that directly supported the Coalition and Black artists/performers in San Diego. It was also a highlight to have launched the emergency Black Trans fund, which was for Black Trans community by a Black and Trans-led organization. To quickly provide direct support to Black Trans folx needing additional support in housing, accessing gender-affirming care, and finances was a deeply meaningful action we took.
Share the importance of the organization to the community?
I think we’re in this space of really analyzing this question for ourselves, and understanding what our impact and significance is in the community. The organization has been important as the only project or organization solely focused on Black LGBTQ+ life in San Diego, and now we’re trying to understand – within we community – how important we are, and how to become the organization that makes the community feels represented, uplifted, and celebrated. We’re expanding our programs and resources to test out what more the community might enjoy from us, which is something quite important in itself – the act of working with the community to understand what it desires to feel supported.