The Baltimore Center for Black Equity and FreeState Legal Project, Inc. announced a strategic partnership to engage Black LGBTQ individuals in the Baltimore community. This partnership will include the Speak Fire! Dialogues, a series of panel discussions about issues relevant to the black LGBTQ community.
The first panel, “Celebrating Our Community: Building Brave Spaces for Black Transgender Folks,” will take place in November 2014.
Carlton Smith, the organization’s executive director, told the Blade, “The Baltimore Center for Black Equity is building partnerships between various communities to promote visibility and leadership in the Black LGBTQ community in Baltimore.”
Smith is a member of the planning committee that also includes local activists Rev. O.M. Moise of the Apostolic Catholic Church; Monica Yorkman, Founder of Sistas of the T; and Saida Agostini, Director of LGBTQ Resources at FreeState Legal Project, as well as the President of the Maryland and D.C. Chapter of Black Trans Men Incorporated.