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NAACP Hosts First Town Hall On LGBT Issues

Posted on the 21 July 2011 by Cynisright @cynisright


At the 102nd Annual National Convention for the NAACP in Los Angeles, the powers at be have decided to add a new town hall meeting to this year’s program. For the first time, the NAACP has decided to hold a meeting that will only address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues.

The panel will be hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, who will help moderate the panel made up of: comedienne Wanda Sykes, activist Kenyan Farrow, Noah’s Arc actor Darryl Stephens, civil rights icon Julian Bond and Spelman professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall.

Via Outsmart Magazine:

“Black members of the LGBT community share a common history and continued struggle to address issues of bigotry, yet their identities, talents, and leadership are oftentimes diminished because of homophobia and fear of physical violence,” remarked Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president and CEO. “It is important that we address these issues head on.”

The forum participants will also address the notable contributions that black gay leaders have made within the Civil rights movement, along with discussing how black straight allies can help curb homophobia in the black community.

The meeting will take place at the L.A. Convention Center on July 25th at 2 p.m.

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