August 18, 2011 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
LGBT event planned for MLK dedication week

The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

An LGBT discussion event is planned for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill to coincide with the festivities surrounding the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial next weekend.

The event, a joint effort conceived by the D.C. Host Committee, the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, National Black Justice Coalition, the Task Force and Human Rights Campaign, is planned to ensure gay visibility in the bounty of special events surrounding the dedication.

“We knew we wanted something specifically LGBT to be front and center at the beginning of the week,” said Nick McCoy, who’ll speak. “So this is the signature piece. It’s totally a partnership. We all moved together on this.

“There’s no cost to attend. No online information was available at mlkdchostcommittee.com as of Blade press time Wednesday, but look there over the weekend to find specifics about this and other free Host Committee events. This is a separate organization from Dedicate the Dream dedicatethedream.org, which has ticketed events that will help pay for the cost of the memorial.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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