Reports from CLAGS: IRN Caribbean

On June 21, 2011, The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network held Preserving Our Stories – Caribbean LGBT Histories & Activism, a launch and discussion event regarding the digital archive of the Jamaica Gay Freedom Movement, one of the first public Caribbean sexual minority advocacy organizations. The collection, donated by Larry Chang, and now available to all at http:// dloc.com/icirngfm includes personal and official correspondence, newsletters, minutes, and ephemera. The launch was an international event, held at Brooklyn College and both web-conferenced and live-streamed online with groups participating via Pride in Action (Mona, Jamaica), The Hub (Nassau, Bahamas), and J-FLAG, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals, and Gays (Kingston, Jamaica).

Panelists included Larry Chang (co-founder of the Jamaica Gay Freedom Movement and J-FLAG), Thomas Glave (award-winning author and co-founder of J-FLAG); and Colin Robinson (activist with CAISO, the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation in Trinidad & Tobago, and a Caribbean IRN Board Member), along with co-chairs of the Caribbean IRN Board: Angelique V. Nixon (scholar, writer, community worker) and Rosamond S. King (writer, scholar, artist). Video of the event will soon be available on the IRN website.

The Caribbean IRN looks forward to building on its general digital archive (http://dloc.com/icirn) and welcomes inquiries about con tributions of relevant material.

The Caribbean IRN is a resource for people and organizations inside and outside the region whose work focuses on issues related to diverse genders and sexualities in the Caribbean. Please visit our website for more information about our work: http://www.irnweb. org/en/about/region/caribbean.

This event was made possible through a City University of New York Diversity Grant, with additional support from the Brooklyn College Department of Africana Studies, the BC Division of Archives & Special Collections, and the BC Division of Academic Information Technologies.

The International Resource Network is supported by the Ford Foundation and housed at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York.