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Woman to Lead Michigan's Largest LGBT Organization

Black
Woman to Lead Michigan's Largest LGBT Organization

Alicia Skillman has been named executive director of Michigan's Triangle Foundation, becoming the first woman -- and the first black woman -- to lead the organization.

Alicia Skillman has been named executive director of Michigan's Triangle Foundation, the first woman, and the first woman of color, to lead the organization.

The Detroit-based Triangle Foundation is Michigan's largest LGBT organization. Skillman is also involved with a group called Project Harmony, an initiative of the Family Equality Council that engages LGBT families of color on issues of homophobia and racial and economic injustice.

"What a great moment for Michigan," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, in a release. "Alicia Skillman is a seasoned advocate whose passion and experience have touched the lives of many people in many communities. As an African-American lesbian, she refused to accept the notion that black cannot be gay and gay cannot be black."

Says Skillman in a release: "There is an inspirational strength within families of color. Often that strength is challenged when a member of a family comes out as LGBT. It is my hope that I can facilitate dialogues across identity and racial lines to show LGBT families are strong, inspiring, and capable of bettering our world." (Neal Broverman, Advocate.com)

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