Sharina Gordon and  Zakiya Collier


#BlackMentalHealthMatters is a zine-based archive that aims to capture and elevate Black queer and trans people's stories of trauma, community, and resilience. In this moment of hyper-visibility surrounding police killings of Black people, many studies have come out proving what we already know and feel - the explicit link between experiences of racism (i.e. repeated viewings of Black Death) and deep trauma.

#BlackMentalHealthMatters is interested in 1) recording current stories of Black queer and trans people’s mental health narratives, 2) learning the many ways folks are already coping with race-based trauma and 3) exploring how can we tangibly create communities that center our stories / our struggles while providing strategies towards healing. It is our hope that #BlackMentalHealthMatters can provide a shared URL and IRL space for storytelling and community healing.

Sharina GordonZakiya Collier

Sharina Gordon is a speculative fiction writer, social justice educator and career coach based in Brooklyn, NY. Through her writing, Sharina is interested in exploring afrofuturism, resistance and self-care as avenues to build New Worlds for Black Folks. An Africana Studies and International Relations graduate of Brown University, she is broadly invested in creating safer communities for queer people of color and others historically and currently on the margins. Sharina's desire is to help equip our communities - through art, activism and teaching - with the tools necessary to achieve our goals.

Zakiya Collier is currently a Dual-Master's Candidate at New York University studying Media, Culture, and Communication and Library and Information Science. She's an aspiring archivist committed to the study of cultural memory and survival methods for people of color. Being passionate about media, archives, social justice, and Afrofuturism, she enjoys exploring Black subcultures in the digital age and techniques of resistance and care. Zakiya believes that through the creation and creative use of archives of the past and present, we can better visualize and create new worlds based in the (sur)reality of our lived experiences.