January 05, 2004

From Humble Beginnings

Posting this list-serv notice in its entirety without comment because it's both important and needs no explanation:

Black gay advocacy group comes together

The National Black Justice Coalition on Thursday announced its official board members, becoming the first national black gay advocacy organization to follow the demise of the 14-year-old Black Leadership Forum last August. The coalition will focus its work on breaking down the barriers of prejudice in black and lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual communities through education, advertising, and other activities. The ad hoc group of black community leaders, public figures, and activists plans to raise over $100,000 for a nationwide campaign to generate black support for gay marriage and to battle the recently proposed Federal Marriage Amendment.

The board members are Keith Boykin of New York; Jasmyne Cannick of Los Angeles; Mandy Carter of Durham, N.C.; Roddrick Colvin of New York; Maurice Franklin of New York; Donna Payne of Washington, D.C.; Frank Roberts of New York; and Sonya Shields of New York.

Posted by ronn at January 5, 2004 06:06 PM

Ronn, the title of the NLBC says "calling AnziDesigh!" Why is that? Also, I have an issue with them being the "demise" of the NBLGLF. It requires some greater explanation on my part, since I was one of the last board members before we decided to make it fold. Posted by: ej on January 5, 2004 08:38 PM
ej: I was making a statement about the org's website. As a consultant (and just generally speaking) it looks amateurish to have a site hosted -- especially by AOL. It looks tacky. Donald would be a great resource in providing a professional, sharp and attention-grabbing website, IMMHO. As far as the NBLGLF goes, I don't have enough info about the reason(s) for its demise. I don't think the article meant that NLBC caused the demise. I do know it was a pretty spectacular end for the org when our communities need a strong, united and decisive voice. I would love to chat with you about your work/time with the NBLGLF and your thoughts for what's needed in its place. I'll give the NLBC some time and applaud its stated goals. Posted by: ronn on January 5, 2004 10:08 PM
It's coming VERY soon ... Posted by: Donald on January 6, 2004 03:47 AM
Donald: Thank Goodness! LOL Hope all is good in 04. Posted by: ronn on January 6, 2004 09:01 AM