A Carriacou word meaning women who work together as friends and lovers. The name ZAMI also honors the late Audre Lorde, a Black lesbian feminist who was poet laureate for New York State and who wrote the biomythography ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name.

National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging

Identifying the Coronavirus Pandemic Needs of Black Lesbians

Identifying the Coronavirus Pandemic Needs of Black Lesbians: Data to Inform a Rapid COVID-19 Response Intervention  
Research Study led by Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill & Mary Anne Adams, MSW,  ZAMI NOBLA- National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging  
Participants Needed for Online Focus Groups 
$50 Compensation  
Are You: 
A Black or African American Woman living anywhere in the United States and  40 Years of Age or Older, and Identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Same-Gender Loving, Bisexual or Queer?  
If your answer to all of the above is Yes, we want to talk with you. To receive a screening call, please contact Mary Anne Adams at with your name, phone number and the best time to call you. Online focus groups will begin June 22, 2020.
This research is Funded by Urgent Action Fund and S.O.N.G. Atlanta 
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Become a ZAMI Intern!

Become an Intern for ZAMI NOBLA!

We now have volunteer internship openings for our

Nonprofit Organization Leadership Internship Program

Apply Today!

An Update on the ZAMI NOBLA Biggers Residence for Black Lesbian Elders

Huge thanks to everyone who donated money for the makeover. We have completed the exterior work with the exception of the accessibility ramp, and are raising funds for the interior renovation.

Our goal is to provide long-term housing for two lesbian elders over 55!

Without Community, there is no progress! Please consider making a donation to help us complete the renovation.

Photos and video by Marilyn Nieves.
Graphic Design by Angela Uke

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ZAMI NOBLA aims to empower, affirm, and serve the lives of lesbians of African descent as a resource for the latest research on the issues that affect us the most.