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A panel discussion called The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America will be part of the 110th National NAACP Conference in Detroit this month. The panel discussion will take place Tuesday, July 23, at Cobo Hall and feature local activists Michelle Brown, LGBT Detroit Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb, Nicole Denson and attorney Robert Marchman from PLFAG.
“The NAACP LGBTQ national agenda focuses on establishing collaborative partnerships to ensure that all individuals are protected under the law irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and social classes to eliminate race-based discrimination,” said The Rev. Karon Sadler, health programs manager for the NAACP and the organizer of the discussion. “Through legal actions, legislative initiatives, public statements and national resolutions, the NAACP has demonstrated a growing commitment toward issues affecting the LGBTQ community.”
In her job as health programs managers, Sadler is responsible for maintaining and strengthening the NAACP’s commitment to HIV/AIDS as a high priority and high-profile issue. In her tenure, she managed the development and co-authored “The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative.”
“Effective policy changes are dependent on active participation of all citizens,” she said. “Without full inclusion, we acquire an outcome that is less than desirable communally. The LGBTQ community’s voice rings loudly in the effective process to build and sustain systemic change toward a stronger democracy. To ensure that the LGBTQ voice is captured as we advocate for civil and human rights, we will explore distinct priorities that include a strong yet diverse representation of the black LGBTQ population during this facilitated town hall.”
Specific topics to be discussed include effective strategies for the LGBTQ activism, acceptance and inclusion, representation in the workplace, Congress and media, and the LGBTQ power in the area of voting rights.
The discussion will take place in Cobo Center room 321 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Following the discussion, there will be a reception honoring 10 years since the NAACP created the LGBT Taskforce. Find out more online at gaybe.am/67.