Celebrating the Black LGBTQ Community

Rev. Skip Jennings and Terry Dyer. Photo via Gritz and Glitter The Pod, Facebook.

A crowd filled the seats at Island City Stage. They were there for the world premiere of a podcast that talks directly to them. “Gritz and Glitter” is a new production by Rev. Skip Jennings and activist and author Terry Dyer.

“It warms my heart to know there are people in the community who relished in the conversation in a safe space for a deep dive,” Dyer said.

It’s part of new outreach to the Black LGBTQ community. Jennings and Dyer want to uplift their voices by speaking on issues that affect listeners in their everyday lives. Complementing their media blitz will be a monthly column in OutSFL.

The pair is planning a similar debut event in San Francisco.

The duo is also working on another project: a follow-up to Dyer’s book, “Letters to a GAY BLACK BOY.”

“This will be more spiritual and look at healing trauma, how to address things in the LGBTQ community that we often sweep under the rug or just don’t talk about.”

Dyer is also taking an existing project to the next level. The Black LGBTQ+ Empowerment Group has existed for about a year, and now donors are coming in to accelerate the dream.

Their mission is to “...develop and support Black LGBTQ+ community initiatives that empower and give voice by providing education and knowledge to bridge the wealth gap and economic impact.”

Other groups, including BLACC, Afro Pride, Ujima Men’s Collective are already working in South Florida. Dyer says the Empowerment Group will work with these and other groups to serve the community.

“We’re excited to collaborate, partner with and support,” Dyer said. The organization will help support Black owned businesses, fund scholarships and run a mentorship program.

Dyer, who’s split his career between the nonprofit and corporate worlds, is also working as a consultant to inspire people of color, especially Black constituents, through seminars, workshops, and more.

“There is a strong focus on addressing and bringing awareness to mental health and wellness through a spiritual lens.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s a podcast, a book, or a seminar, Dyer says they all have one thing in common.

“It uplifts a community that is still marginalized.”


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