The project "Where Are They? Black Queer People during the Portuguese Dictatorship" aims to map the place of black lgbtqia people in Portuguese revolutionary processes, considering the political struggle of identities a fertile ground for triggering social change. 

The first part of the project is to collect data about the relationship between the period of the Portuguese dictatorship and the presence of communities of black people in Portugal. We will search archives, libraries and museums. For example, we will use the collections of the Torre do Tombo and the Aljube Museum to see if there are any records of this group in the country during the Estado Novo.

We will interview people from the Portuguese lgbt community who took part in the revolutionary movements in order to find out if these people noticed the black and lgbt community in Portugal. In the same way, we will look for references in the orality of black people who witnessed the years of dictatorship in order to find out if there are any records of queer black people during these years.

Social relevance
A project like the one we're proposing has direct effects on the production of new stories and the revelation of new facts compared to those that officially exist, particularly in relation to the issue of representation. How can we imagine a world of revolutions against dictatorships without seeing the black presence in these periods? Colonial ideology has excelled at erasing these people from all sectors of society. When we refer to black and queer people, this erasure is even greater. Therefore, the creation of an archive benefits Portuguese society as a whole, providing an opportunity to fill a gap created premeditatedly by the colonial system.

"Where are they?" project aims to shed light on the presence and actions of black queer people during this period, thus serving as a kind of proof of life that attests to the extent to which this community exerted influence and played a leading role, also serving as a basis for the social transformation of this country as well as the liberated countries.

When we talk about representativeness, we remember, for example, cases that are connected to the racial cause, such as the erasure of women who even today continue to fight for equal conditions of access. It is in this sense that the Portuguese black community (especially young people) will also benefit from the production of critical awareness, the realisation that the world is not only transformed by the hands and minds of normative white and cis people, and that black people (in this group, black and LGBT people) have played an unequivocal leading role in the processes of social conquests and civil rights. The material produced by this project could be useful for readers, groups and associations fighting for rights, access and visibility; universities and perhaps it could be part of secondary school textbooks.

"Where Are They?" project is funded by ENAR - European Network Against Racism through the EMPOWERMENT & RESILIENCE (ER) FUND 2024 programme.