Throughout the month of February, Family Equality Council is celebrating Black History Month by honoring the accomplishments, contributions, and lives of LGBT Black Americans, past and present.
Dee Rees—Screenwriter and director. Rees attended film school at New York University, where she met her mentor Spike Lee. She worked onhis films When the Levees Broke and Inside Man. She is also a former Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellow. Rees’ film Pariah won 25 awards when it aired at over 40 film festivals in 2007, and is based partly on her own experiences coming out. Her other films are Orange Bow (2005), documentary feature Eventual Salvation (2007), and Colonial Gods (2009), which aired on the BBC. You can learn more about Pariah here.