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ADVISORY: Equal Rights in LGBT and African American Communities

June 22, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277
Email: mmeth@americanprogress.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.Numerous surveys of LGBT African Americans suggest that the social and political priorities of this community are similar or identical to the broader African American community—including economic security, education, access to health care, and safe streets. With the closing arguments of both sides of the Proposition 8 trial to be held this week, and the tension and misunderstandings that ensued between these two communities after its passage, the necessity for this discussion is as imperative as ever.

Utilizing the Arcus Foundation’s work on effective messaging to African Americans as the basis for discussion, this briefing at the Center for American Progress on Tuesday, June 22, at 9:00 a.m. will reframe and broaden the current discourse on this topic. Panelists include Cornell Belcher, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, C. Nicole Mason, Rashad Robinson, and Hilary O. Shelton; the panel will be moderated by the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart.

Panelists:

Cornell Belcher, President, Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Author, Radio Host and Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network and Research Assistant Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU
Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Hilary O. Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Moderated by:

Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Writer, The Washington Post

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Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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