Equality Maryland is sponsoring the screening of “The New Black,” which will take place on July 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Chase Brexton Building Community Meeting Room, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
“The New Black” is a documentary by Yoruba Richen that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black church and reveals the Christian right-wing strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Following the film, panelists will continue the discussion about LGBT issues in black communities. Among the panelists will be Vanessa Bowling, a member of Equality Maryland’s staff who was involved in the Maryland Black Family Alliance as far back as 2008. Another will be Mark McLaurin, who helped found MBFA and was integral to the work during Question 6.
“We’re excited to screen ‘The New Black’ and continue the momentum working on LGBT issues in black communities across the state,” Keith Thirion, director of advocacy and programs for Equality Maryland, told the Blade. “While Maryland’s LGBT community has gained equal marriage rights and anti-discrimination protections, much work remains to ensure everyone can live their full lives free from discrimination. This event is an important opportunity to reflect on the successes of the Question 6 campaign, and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
The screening is free of charge.