- Gay Men of African Descent, Inc.
- Call number
- Sc MG 688
- Physical description
- 9.8 linear feet (25 archival boxes.)
- Preferred Citation
- Gay Men of African Descent, Inc. records, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
The Gay Men of African Descent, Inc, Records (1986-1998) document the development of the largest black gay-run educational, social and political organization in the United States. Records include board of directors organizing and leadership materials, a fairly comprehensive collection of newsletters which capture the organization's direction and programmatic activities from 1988 to 1999, and information on GMAD's funding sources. Documentation on the organization's earliest years are augmented by transcripts of oral history interviews with both early and active members who share accounts of GMAD's founding and struggle to develop into a full-fledged advocacy organization. There are transcripts for George Bellinger, Jeff Haskins, Kevin McGruder, Philip Reed, Colin Robinson, Kenneth Tolbert, Derwin Keith Vega, and C. Ralph Wilson.
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) was founded in 1986 by the Reverend Charles Angel to build coalitions that would address and combat homophobia and racism, as well as HIV/AIDS. The organization represented the largest constituency of black gay men on the East Coast, and is the nation's largest and oldest black gay organization dedicated exclusively to the welfare of black gay men. GMAD implemented its mission to empower black gay men through education, social support, political advocacy, and health and wellness promotion, via a wide range of programs targeting black "Men Who Have Sex With Men" (MSM) in the New York City metropolitan area.
Among other programmatic activities undertaken by GMAD was the issue of the inequities of HIV/AIDS funding and outreach to black gay men. Their programs reflected these efforts ranging from discussions at their weekly Friday Night Forums, peer counseling, and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns to acknowledging advocates of the health of black gay men. The monthly newsletter featured a schedule of GMAD's programming, original reporting, as well as information about the organization.
Source of acquisition
Gift, Kevin McGruder, 1999
- Angel, Charles, 1952-1986
- Bellinger, George, 1955-
- Haskins, Jeff, 1955-
- McGruder, Kevin, 1957-
- Reed, Philip, 1949-2008
- Robinson, Colin
- Robinson, Colin, 1950-
- Tolbert, Kenneth
- Vega, Derwin Keith, 1957-
- Wilson, C. Ralph, 1955-
- Gay Men of African Descent, Inc.
- African American gay men -- New York (State) -- New York
- African American gays
- African American gays -- Intellectual life
- African American gays -- Social conditions
- African Americans -- Intellectual life
- AIDS (Disease) -- New York (State) -- New York -- Prevention
- AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York
- Associations, institutions, etc -- New York (State) -- New York
- Black author
- Gay liberation movement
- Gay liberation movement -- New York (State) -- New York
- Gay men -- Services for -- United States
- Gay men -- United States
- Gay men -- United States -- Social conditions
- Gay men -- United States -- Social life and customs
- Gays' writings, American
- Homophobia -- New York (State) -- New York -- Prevention
- Racism -- New York (State) -- New York -- Prevention
- Safe sex in AIDS prevention -- New York (State) -- New York
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Sexually transmitted diseases -- Psychological aspects
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801
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