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Please join ADA National Director and the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:

Why Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality

January 19, 2012, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Admission is free.

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Opening remarks:

C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, New York University

FIRE briefing:

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Advisor, LGBT Policy and Racial Justice, Center for American Progress


Michael J. Wilson, National Director, Americans for Democratic Action
Gary Flowers, Executive Director, Black Leadership Forum
Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, Choice USA


Jamilah King, News Editor, Colorlines

Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans continue to experience stark social, economic, and health disparities despite significant gains in securing basic rights for LGBT people over the last decade. According to recent data families headed by black same-sex couples are more likely to raise their children in poverty, black lesbians are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, and black LGBT youth are more likely to end up homeless and living on the streets.

These statistics suggests that some of the high-profile gay policy priorities that have garnered the most attention and advocacy—such as mar­riage equality—underserve this population even though they are important for overall progress. This also applies to racial and economic justice priorities that overlook gay and transgender people within their constituencies. How can we make progress in bridging these gaps?

Please join us for the launch of CAP’s FIRE Initiative, which works to eliminate the social, health, and economic disparities faced by gay and transgender people of color, for an engaging conversation about our new report, “Jumping Beyond the Broom: Why Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality,” which sheds light on these issues and discusses why progressives committed to equality for all Americans should be engaged in the various policy and advocacy solutions that can address them.

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

This event will by hosted by the:

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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