Panelists Wanda Sykes, Julian Bond, and Others Discuss Homophobia in the African American Community
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP will host its first-ever town hall meeting on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues during the 102nd Annual National Convention in Los Angeles. Panelists at the event include Actress/Comedian Wanda Sykes and civil rights icon Julian Bond.
“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 often times diminished because of homophobia and fear of physical violence,” remarked NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “It is important that we address these issues head on.”
Moderated by CNN News Anchor Don Lemon, the forum will examine the significant contributions of black gay leaders within the Civil Rights movement, the role of black straight allies in addressing homophobia, and how we can collectively overcome LGBT discrimination within the black community.
Panelists also include Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall of Spelman College, actor Daryl Stephen and writer, scholar and activist Kenyon Farrow.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
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