Latrice

This week’s Lesbian I Love profile is of Latrice Johnson, the President of the board of United Lesbians of African Heritage, also known as ULOAH.

I first met Latrice some years ago when I first became hip to Sistahfest, an annual Black women’s retreat hosted by ULOAH.

In the past year, Latrice has really stepped to plate in bringing more visibility and stability to ULOAH.

Based in Los Angeles, Latrice is currently working hard overseeing this year’s Sistahfest Planning Committee.

Ladies and gents, Latrice Johnson.

About Latrice Johnson

Hometown:
Houston

Age:
32

Single, Dating, or Married:
Gleefully living in singlehood, but the prayer request for the dream house, the devout wife, and the 2.5 kids was submitted last week!

Children?  Yes, No, In the Future:
No kiddies…yet.

Occupation:
Director of Programs and Services

What’s your favorite color?
Royal purple.

What’s your favorite food?
Soul Food, Mexican, and Salad.

L Word or Girlfriends?
Girlfriends.  I’ll catch the L Word Season (whatever) when it goes on DVD.

Do you prefer fem or butch women and why?
Both are equally pleasant.  However, my energy flows much better with a feminine out lesbian, a fem with that sexy edge that makes you go “hmmm…I wonder if she’s gay.”

Favorite body part and why?
The lips, hands down.  A bad kiss is a deal breaker.  Sweet soft lips, shiny white Colgate teeth, and all around good oral hygiene is on the top ten!

As Black a woman do you prefer nappy or straight hair and why?
My PC response: Whether kinky or bone straight my preference is a well-kept hair do. 

What in your opinion are the biggest issues facing Black lesbians and your solutions if any?
Our biggest issues are self-loathing and internal homophobia – which results in poor health (mental, physical and spiritual), substance abuse, unhealthy relationships, and lifestyle choices.

When we figure out that living a life of shame and fear is destructive is when we will then view our sexual orientation in the same manner that we now view our blackness: with pride, with courage and with dignity.   

The solutions: (1) Surround yourself with supportive friends and family that will uplift and validate you, (2) continue to educate yourself, (3) Seek out help and support (especially if you’re religious) and (4) Never settle!

Who’s in your iPod/CD player?
Tamia

What your favorite quote?
"Both Tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result.  Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change." —Jesse Jackson

"When you educate a man you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation."— Dr. Johnetta Cole

Who’s your favorite author and why?
E. Lynn Harris.  I like easy reads!

When you watch television what do you watch?
HGTV (House Hunters, Designer’s Challenge, Design to Sell, What’s this House Worth/What you get for your $…), Boston Legal, Weeds, Huff, Soaps (AMC only), and the “news” (i.e. Oprah). 

Top five places on the web and why?
Uloah.com – Because it’s a really cool site!
Oprah.com – Occasionally I like to follow up on what’s going on.
JasmyneCannick.com – Enjoy the articles.
Yahoo.com – Easy search engine
Expedia.com – Always looking for reasonable fares.

Your single most important piece of advice for younger Black lesbians…
Never settle.  Never accept less than the best.  Never stop learning.  Never give up!

How to reach Latrice – info@uloah.com.