Los Angeles LGBT Center to Honor Black History Month with 'The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power' Celebration - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center to Honor Black History Month with 'The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power' Celebration

February 2, 2018
Contact: Gil Diaz

Following the success of its inaugural community event last year celebrating Black History Month, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power on Saturday, February 17, from Noon–6 p.m. at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. The free event will include informative workshops, live performances (including a vocal performance by Transparent cast member Alexandra Grey and a spoken word performance by Edwin Bodney, host of L.A.’s Da Poetry Lounge), an art exhibit, a resource fair, a panel discussion with black LGBT elders, and an assembly presented by the Center’s Youth Ambassadors Coalition to honor black history, culture, and the power of our future.

Center youth member Nova Monet Mirari will be honored with the Marsha P. Johnson Award, an accolade given to a burgeoning community activist. YouTube personality AmbersCloset will be saluted with the Bayard Rustin Award for her prominence in advancing the social movement of black and LGBT rights.

The keynote speech will be given by Sharon-Franklin Brown, an LGBT activist and former U.S. Navy sailor who became the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in South Carolina. Now serving as the Center’s director of human resources, she has contributed immensely to the advancement of workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies in Southern California.

The public is welcome to attend this day of healing, education, and power. Lunch will be provided.

The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s day-long community celebration in honor of Black History Month, filled with informative workshops, live performances, an art exhibit, a resource fair, and more.

Saturday, February 17
Noon–6 p.m.

Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038


For more information and a full rundown of events, visit lalgbtcenter.org/futureisblack.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 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 thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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