History in the Making

The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia, is holding the Black Church Summit, a major discussion on lesbian and gay rights among Black faith leaders January 20-21, 2006 at First Iconium Baptist Church on Moreland Avenue. The summit, which features fiery civil and social activists Keith Boykin, Bishop Dr. Yvette Flunder and Rev. Al Sharpton is nothing short of history-making, especially considering that the Black church and the Bible Belt South have never been very tolerant of homosexuals.

Sharpton lead the keynote speech on the Summit’s opening on Friday by saying, “It’s not a question of bringing the issue of the gay and lesbian community to the church. It’s about having an open discussion because they’re already there. All of us know that this is nothing new. The only thing new is to have an open discussion on how we deal with it.”

1 Comment so far

  1. Cap'n Ken (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

    Boy, talk about a burden to bear. Gay and black in the South and trying to work within a Christian church?

    More power to the National Black Justice Coalition – tough fights are not an easy thing to undertake.

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