In celebration of National LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach will present an author talk exploring Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940 by Dr. Julio Capó, Jr. and Letters to a Gay Black Boy by Terry Dyer.
This discussion led by G. Wright Muir will explore current issues within the LGBTQ+ community at large, while also recognizing the history and diversity of the local LGBT+ community. The free event takes place on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 6:30pm, in West Gallery at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). Guests are also invited to explore BaCA’s current exhibition Black & White with a Touch of Gray by ArtsUnited. For more information, www.pompanobeacharts.org
“We are honored to be able to present these renowned authors in conjunction with National LGBTQ+ Pride Month,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “We invite you to join us in our efforts to create and expand opportunities for meaningful and impactful dialogue.”
Each author will share their perspectives on their respective books, and their experiences and motivations in writing them. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and engage in discussion with the writers about the topics presented. The authors will be available to sign their books, which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
ArtsUnited is Florida’s premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) and friends visual and performing arts organization. The exhibition on display features two-and three-dimensional works including photography, painting, pencil, sculpture, metal works and mixed media.
G. Wright Muir is an LGBTQ+ advocate, attorney, educator and writer. As part of her de ella LGBTQ+ advocacy work, she co-produces Thou Art Woman (TAW), an event series using the arts to celebrate LGBTQ+ women and allies. After coming out, she co-founded TAW in 2014 to address a lack of spaces for queer women, especially BIPOC women, to express themselves in safe non-judgmental spaces. In 2021, Ella G Ella co-founded the non-profit, Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc. to expand her work in the community.
An associate professor of History and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University in Miami, Capó is a transnational historian who researches inter-American histories, with a focus on queer, Latinx, race, immigration, and empire studies. He addresses the historical intersection of gender and sexuality with constructions of ethnicity, race, class, nation, age, and ability. His first book, Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940 (UNC Press, 2017), highlights how transnational forces to and from the Caribbean shaped Miami’s queer past. The book has received six awards and honors, including the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association for the best book written on Southern history.
Capó’s research extends to his commitment to public history and civic engagement. I have curated Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities for History Miami Museum (2019). He also participated in a National Park Service initiative to promote and identify historic LGBTQ sites, and contributed a piece on Miami’s queer past for its theme study. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as a broadcast news writer and producer, and his work has appeared in several outlets including The Washington Post, Time, The Miami Herald, and El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico).
Capó is the recipient of several awards including the Audre Lorde Prize from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History and the Carlton C. Qualey Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of American History.
Letters to a Gay Black Boy takes an in-depth look into the life and development of the writer. Dyer describes an authentic, raw, and emotional ride to finding himself. Motivated by homosexuality, race, family, and love, his first book by him sparks an inspiring and much needed conversation within our community.
His professional background includes talent acquisition management, recruitment, client services, and program management with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including San Francisco State University Center for Research and Education on Gender Studies (CREGS), STOP AIDS Project, Robert Half International, Alluma, and XOJET. In 2010 while working with the STOP AIDS Project, POZ Health Magazine named him African-American Person of the Month.
Additionally, Dyer has volunteered his time to various organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento communities. Since 2007, I have served as a member of the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau. He and that organization aim to dispel homophobic and transphobic violence by educating people about the everyday lives of those in the community. In December 2020, he was the recipient of the Kujichagulia Award for self-determination, presented at the Black Brothers Esteem (San Francisco AIDS Foundation) Annual Kwanzaa event.
From December 2020 through May 2022, he was director of development with a community service-based organization called SunServe, where he served during a transitional period, working to develop strong community partnerships, re-establish connection and presence to the community, and fund development . He is currently executive director at the World AIDS Museum (WAM) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.