Q Symposium 2022: Black. Queer. Love.

"...Desire is dangerous, and despite evidence to the contrary, some marginalized groups like black gay men are willing to take risks that might endanger their lives just so that they can experience intimacy—through touch, sweat, heat—in ways that they never experience living in white supremacist society that constantly rejects them"
                —From No Tea, No Shade by E. Patrick Johnson

This inaugural scholar/artist symposium explores black queer love in all its complexities, intricacies, capacities and manifestations.  What do each of these words mean? And what do they mean when we put them together?

In addition to the following, be sure to check out the full schedule of upcoming Q Collective events!

March 30, 2022

(11:30am - 1pm)

Student Commons, Commons Theater

Q Symposium Keynote
For VCU and the general public

E. Patrick Johnson will read from "HoneyPot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women." In this seminal 2019 book, Johnson bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South. The women whose stories he tells come from all walks of life and recount their experiences on topics ranging from coming out and falling in love to mother/daughter relationships, religion, and political activism.

This event also serves as the conclusion of the E. Patrick Johnson Scholar-Artist Visit.

The author will be signing the book afterwards.

March 31, 2022

(10am - 12pm)

MCALC 2201

Q Symposium Spotlight Panel
For VCU and the general public

Three powerful presentations will highlight our spotlight panel. They include:

  • Snapping Beans in Black Queer Lesbian South: Southern Black Queer Lesbian Women and Persons using love to find healing and reconciliation in and with the American South,” Dr. Jayme Canty, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Virginia Commonwealth University
  • "White Boy of the Month," Da’Quan Saunders-McNear, Department of Sociology. Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Black Feminism in Digital Spaces and Social Media: Making Room for Black Women and Black Queer Persons,” Dr. Dawn Johnson, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Virginia Commonwealth University

April 1, 2022

(10:30 - 11:30pm)

Zoom link

Virtual Presentation
For VCU and the general public

"Potentiality as an art material in the work of EJ Hill."

Dr. Tracy Stonestreet, Department of Art History, VCU Qatar.

April 1, 2022

(12 - 1:30pm)

Zoom link

Virtual Panel
For VCU and the general public

Boundless: Black Futurity & Worldmaking in the Age of Catastrophe. Presented in partnership with Department of Dance & Choreography, Virginia Commonwealth University. (Boundless: Black Futurity poster)


  • Movement—Omari Oricci, Father of the House of Oricci
  • Music—Shaun J. Wright, DJ and Member of Hercules & Love Affair
  • Making (Art)—Kiyan Williams, Multidisciplinary artist and scholar, NYC
  • Nonmonogamy— Dr. Jenn Jackson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University