As the nation wrestles with the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and trans Tallahassee man Tony McDade — as well as this nation's systemic racism and violence against Black people — LGBTQ+ organizations are stepping up. Tonight, Equality Florida is hosting a virtual town hall where the intersections of racism, homophobia, and transphobia will be discussed.
A distinguished panel of Black LGBTQ+ leaders will take part in the discussion, titled "LGBTQ #Black Lives Matter Virtual Town Hall": Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign; Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council vice president; Michele Rayner, civil rights attorney; Imani Rupert-Gordon, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.
"Our country is hurting, there is no denying it. We have lost yet more Black friends, neighbors, and loved ones to bias and bigotry who deserved to see their futures," says a statement from Equality Florida. "Our police departments — and our country — have failed to live up to the promise that #BlackLivesMatter. And that must change."
LGBTQ #Black Lives Matter Virtual Town Hall begins today at 6 p.m. Eastern. Click here to RSVP.