Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts Community Forum June 13 About Resistance Movement One Year After Orlando Shooting - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts Community Forum June 13 About Resistance Movement One Year After Orlando Shooting

June 1, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7604

The Los Angeles LGBT Center will host a frank and emotive discussion on Tuesday, June 13, to talk about the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom since the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando—the deadliest incident against LGBT people in U.S. history—and how progressive people can work together to build a more just and compassionate world.

One year ago, the world watched in horror as an outrageous act of terror was committed against the LGBT community. Since then, less conspicuous but equally chilling attacks on vulnerable communities continue unabated: A quiet war against LGBT people, communities of color, women, immigrants, Muslims, and the poor—just to name a few—has been waged since the November U.S. presidential election.

“The continued assault on the rights, freedoms, and safety of marginalized communities requires that we call our leaders to account and progressive people to action,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Alan Acosta. “We hope that this conversation can lead to a deeper understanding of the issues at stake and help develop powerful and creative responses to policies that stigmatize and victimize millions of our friends, neighbors, and family members.”

The forum will be followed by a reception with refreshments at The Village courtyard.

Beginning on Monday, June 12—the one-year anniversary of the shootings—a ritual altar similar to what is created traditionally on Dia de Los Muertos will be on display at the Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza to honor the 49 victims. Created by the Center and Latino Equality Alliance’s LGBTQA Youth Council, the ofrenda, which includes candles and photos of the victims, will open to the public starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 12, and be on display until Friday, June 16. The public is invited to write messages on cards provided and attach them to the altar’s wall.

WHAT:
Big Queer Convo: After Orlando: The Resistance Continues
A frank and emotive conversation about the one-year anniversary of the Orlando shooting and the unabated attacks on vulnerable communities, such as LGBT people, communities of color, women, immigrants, Muslims, and the poor.

The forum will be followed by a reception with refreshments at The Village courtyard.

WHO:
Shedrick Davis, Western Regional Director, Lambda Legal
Nikki Levy, Activist, actor, and host of Don’t Tell My Mother show
Mariana Marroquin, Anti-Violence Project Manager, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Apolonio Morales, Political Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Moderator: Alan Acosta, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles LGBT Center

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

NOTE: During construction of the Center’s new facility directly across the street from The Village, free parking is limited. Limited parking is available at our Highland Annex located at 1220 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 (one block north of The Village). Please allow extra time to find parking or choose public transportation or a ride service.

TICKETS:
FREE admission, but reservations are recommended. To RSVP, visit lalgbtcenter.org/bqc or call 323-860-7300.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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