NAACP Convention to Host LGBTQ Town Hall

Also past San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to receive an award.

Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 8.33.13 AM109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, to bring together social justice activists, artists/entertainers, Elected Officials; Civil Rights, Business, Social Justice Leaders  

BALTIMORE (July 5, 2018) - Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and as the nation suffers the effects of President Trump’s administration, thousands of activists, artists/entertainers, civil rights and social justice leaders will gather for the 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 to 18. The five-day convention will include continuing legal education seminars, federal legislative and public policy workshops, youth workshops, civic engagement workshops, the signature  NAACP Experience, and more.

The LGBTQ town hall, entitled, “ The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America,”  will take place on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm CT at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Moderated by  Shijuade Kadree, JD/MPH, Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, the town hall  will explore effective strategies for LGBTQ activism; representation in media; and  the voting power of the LGBTQ community. Panelists will include:

  • Marsha R. Bonner, Diversity, Inclusion & Equality Empowerment Speaker & Founder, H.U.G.S. Movement
  • Earl D. Fowlkes, Jr., President/ CEO of the Center for Black Equity and Chair, DNC LGBT Caucus
  • David J. Johns, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
  • Kierra Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
  • Rev. Irene Monroe, Theologian and Huffington Post Blogger
  • Angelica Ross, Actress & Founder of TransTech Social Enterprises
  • Amiyah Scott, Social Media Influencer, Model & Actress

Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 8.33.04 AMConvention participants, grassroots leaders and sponsors will also gather for an LGBTQ networking reception, where they will hear from NAACP leaders about the current work centered around the LGBTQ community. Leaders will also discuss issues including gendered racism, targeted violence and the lack of comprehensive, quality, inequitable and culturally sensitive healthcare.

The events will ensure that the LGBTQ voice is captured as the NAACP continues to advocate for civil and human rights.

Former San Francisco Mayor, the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. will receive the prestigious Spingarn Medal, plus a health pavilion, retail expo, veterans’ luncheon and a diversity career fair. More information about the 2018 NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events may be found by visiting

Posted by @MelanieNathan1

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