February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
LGBT Black History Month events highlight ‘family love’
Black History Month, Jason Collins, gay news, Washington Blade

Jason Collins (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The sometimes unrecognized love for LGBT people within black families and the growing number of young LGBT leaders who are black emerged as themes in the final week of the D.C.-area celebration of Black History Month, according to an official with the National Black Justice Coalition.

Isaiah Wilson, NBJC’s external affairs manager, said a town hall event Sunday night at the Human Rights Campaign building co-sponsored by several LGBT supportive groups, focused on “This Is Luv,” a multi-media campaign “highlighting affirming LGBT love in black communities and families.”

Among those appearing at the event were gay former NBA player Jason Collins and E.J. Johnson, son of famed NBA star Magic Johnson.

“There is a dominant and pervasive narrative within the U.S. and internationally that the black community is overwhelmingly more homophobic than other groups, but we know that this biased assumption is unfounded,” a statement released by the campaign says.

“Too many people within the black LGBT community believe this myth and never allow themselves to be loved by their families,” said LGBT sports advocate Wade Davis in a statement promoting the town hall event. “Our goal is to make it known that love for black LGBT people exists in our community.”

Wilson said NBJC planned to release toward the end of the week a list of “100 Emerging Black LGBTQ Leaders Under Age 30” to show that an emerging generation of black LGBT leaders in many different fields and professions are becoming involved in civic affairs, including LGBT rights.

Although he knew of no additional LGBT specific Black History Month activities this week in the D.C. area, Wilson said many of these events would be of interest to LGBT community members: http://culturecapital.com/feature/132/black-history-month-february-2015-in-metro-dc.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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