Multicultural  LGBT Literary Foundation

preserve, promote, and teach works by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists of color.

About the Foundation

The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation began its days as a community book club that was started in order to celebrate and preserve the literature and art of LGBT people of color. This small community project thrived, and members quickly recognized the need for an arts organization that was dedicated to these artists.
The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation is a volunteer run, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Foundation Timeline

2012


The Literature Foundation begins as a book club that meets twice a month to read and discuss LGBT books by authors of color.


2013 


Caleb Rainey begins writing the column “Out On the Page” to bring attention to LGBT books by authors of color.


The decision is made to begin moving the book club in the direction of a full 501(c)3 organization.


The Foundation is formally incorporated as a corporation in the state of California and begins the next stage of filing for 501©3 status.


The Foundation holds the inaugural ReadOut event featuring Charles Rice-González and Emanuel Xavier at the Centro Cultural de la Raza.


The Foundation holds the first annual San Diego Literary Gala featuring Charles Rice-González and Emanuel Xavier.


2014


The Foundation holds the first annual International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month event titled “Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Still Warn Us About” featuring Carla Trujillo and Felicia Luna Lemus. The event takes place at the Women’s History Museum and sells out.


The Foundation hosts “A Night With Nava” in partnership with the Human Dignity Foundation. The event features Michael Nava.


Words of Wisdom is launched and Castle Park High School in Chula Vista is the first beneficiary.


The Foundation hosts Expressions of Pride Literary and Cultural Festival. The festival features Myriam Gurba, Tom Cho, and Ryka Aoki.


The Foundation partners with the Central Library and hosts “A Regathering of Spirit: Native Lesbian Writers”. The event features Chrystos and Janice Gould. It also marks the first time an openly LGBT Native writer has read at the San Diego Central Library.


The Foundation is granted official 501©3 status by the IRS and becomes a full-fledged nonprofit entity.


The San Diego Public Library selects it’s first gay author for the One Book, One San Diego program and asks the Foundation to collaborate. The Foundation hosts the author, Lysley Tenorio, at Diversionary Theatre.


The Foundation hosts the second annual San Diego Literary Gala featuring Ghalib Dhalla and Nöel Alumit at the Chinese History Museum.


The Foundation is selected by George Takei to receive a $5,000 grant at the Human Dignity Foundation’s gala.


2015


The Foundation hosts the second annual International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month event titled, “We Alive: A Celebration of Black Lesbian Womanhood” featuring Lenelle Möise. 

The Foundation hosts Expressions of Pride Literary and Cultural Festival. The festival features Chinelo Okparanta, Craig Womack, and Rigoberto González.

The Foundation partners with the San Diego Library to host the New Faces of LGBT Literature series that fall and hosts Justin Torres, Rahul Mehta, Carla Trujillo, Emma Pérez, and Nina Revoyr.

Words of Wisdom’s budget is more than doubled and the program expands to include two schools, Lincoln High School in Barrio Logan and Hoover High School in City Heights.

The Foundation hosts the third annual San Diego Literary Gala featuring Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. The event is held at the San Diego Central Library and sells out.




Mission & Vision

- Our mission is to preserve, promote, and teach works by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists of color.

- Our vision is to nurture cultural awareness, anti-racism, and historical literacy.