Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch

The Women’s Health Team at Fenway is excited to announce the 21st Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch on Saturday, October 19, 10am-1pm at Fenway Health, 9th Floor, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. The event is a celebration of women of color and their supporters whose lives have been affected by cancer. Started in 1999, the Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch is named in memory of Audre Lorde, a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. You can RSVP for the event via Eventbrite.

The Event

Enjoy a delicious brunch provided by a minority-owned business in the Boston area while gathering within a healing space for all women, including queer and trans women. The day will include music, dancing, and storytelling moments that soothe the body, soul, and mind – ALL FREE OF CHARGE!

Watch this page for announcements of this year’s recipients of the Trailblazer and Spirit of Fire Awards.

The event is free but space is limited. Register today!

Contact

For questions, contact information@fenwayhealth.org.

History

In 1999, Denise Bentley, a former Fenway Health employee, founded the event in honor of her late wife Lorraine “Faye” Fayette Johnson. She created a space to honor two warrior women who battled breast cancer: her wife and Audre Lorde, a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” who dedicated her life to addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Denise recognized that cancer uniquely affects women of color and the LGBTQ+ community and established a venue to discuss these health disparities, build community, and celebrate life.

Resources

Community resources are vital to helping break down barriers to care for the LGBTQ+ community and women of color. Although breast cancer rates have decreased in Boston since 2007, these groups continue to be disproportionately affected. Check out the information below for local resources and education on health disparities.

Fenway Health

Cancer Awareness Resource Guide

In this resource guide, you will find information on cancer disparities for women of color and LGBTQ women, health education on cancer screenings and preventive health measures, and local resources for cancer survivors of color. We hope this guide will foster sisterhood, strength, and holistic health in your life.

Download Guide (PDF)

Survivor Stories

Audre Lorde, a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” who battled cancer for 14 years, considered speaking up — whether about women’s health or identity — to be an act of survival. Take a moment to hear about healing and survival from the women of color whose lives have been impacted by cancer.