NIA Collective10 Years of Service Award
10 Years of Service Award
For those organizations, individuals, or other entities that have contributed at least ten years of consecutive service to the LGBTQ community.NIA Collective was created by and for Lesbians of African descent in 1987 during the Black Caucus at the Lesbians of Color Conference in San Francisco. They created an organization that would give voice, visibility, and safe space for Lesbians of African Descent to come together in community. The name NIA was chosen because it means “purpose” in Swahili and is one of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. NIA’s purpose is to make their collective vocation the building and development of their community in order to honor and celebrate their beauty, their intelligence, and their contributions. For over 30 years, NIA Collective has provided safe spaces for Lesbians of African Descent to gather, teach, learn, and exist without judgment. They are committed to addressing the needs of our communities and supporting Lesbians of African Descent by sharing information through annual gatherings and partnerships with other community organizations. NIA believes that it is important to support our LGBTQ youth and provide support as they find their voices. They are the future and are encouraged to participate in NIA and in the larger LGBTQ community by speaking their truths and by being visible.