4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.

Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally benefit, a celebration of Queer Caribbean love and liberations.

4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.

On behalf of the organizers and volunteers at the Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), we want to thank you for attending our 4th Annual Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally benefit, a celebration of Queer Caribbean love and liberations.

It is our sincere hope that you found the community safe space that we created together healing, transformative and empowering. The primary goal of this dynamic multidisciplinary forum is to feature films, cultural performing arts, panel discussions, and storytelling to highlight the diverse stories, identities, and experiences of Caribbean LGBTQ immigrants in New York City. Your presence and participation helped to make this unprecedented gathering the powerful and positive experience that it was, and we are grateful for your continued support of the work that CEP is doing year-round.

Thank you to our esteemed volunteers from #TeamCEP and NAWS, without whom this event would not have been possible.

We would also like to take the time to offer a special note of thanks to all of our panelists and performers whom provided their time, lived experiences and talent to making this space what it was.

Thank you to our esteemed volunteers from #TeamCEP and NAWS, without whom this event would not have been possible.

We would also like to take the time to offer a special note of thanks to all of our panelists and performers whom provided their time, lived experiences and talent to making this space what it was.

From the infectious movements of the Bloodline Dance Theatre and the Taranng Dance Troupe, to the moving artistry of our featured musician Raj Persaud, each performance took everyone in the venue on a visceral journey, highlighting how our Queer and Trans Caribbean community navigates love. We are grateful to Dexter McLennon, Twinkle Paul, Romola Lucas, and our inspiring featured couple Pratima Doobay and Karen Sonilal for participating in this year’s extraordinary panel. Further, we were deeply honored to have Dr. Rajiv Mohabir, Ph.D., travel in from Auburn University in Alabama, to usher us into this celebration of love with a memorable keynote address full of his award-winning poetry and his astounding personal story.

Lastly, but not at all least, we would like to offer a particular note of gratitude to the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), for the use of their amazingly vibrant and intimate venue. We could not have created such a welcoming affair without their help. 

The Caribbean Equality Project is the proud recipient of the 2019 Queens Art Fund Award.  L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally was made possible by funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

In order to make next year’s rendezvous even more successful, we request that you fill out our post-event survey, click here.

We thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions, and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future conferences, summits, and events will be even more of a success. 

Share your favorite moments with us from L.O.V.E. using #CEPLove2019 and to view our highlights, click here

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