Thursday, July 28, 2005

Black Gays & Church Leaders Unite to End Violence

I know this is going to be an AWESOME EVENT. If you have some time and in the area come out and support!

What: REVIVAL!: Victory Over Spiritual Violence Through Grace

When: Sunday, July 31, 2005 – 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (bet 120th & 122nd Sts), Harlem, NY 10027

Who: Guest Speakers include: Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Arun Gandhi, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; Krishna Stone, GMHC; Robert Miller, SUNY Albany; Reverend Valerie Holly, Unity Fellowship Church; Bishop Carlton Pearson, Higher Dimensions Family Church; Reverend Cari Jackson, The Center of Spiritual Light; Elder Joseph Tolton, Christ Conscious Ministries; and Reverend Sylvia Rhue, National Black Justice Coalition. Music by Lavender Light Choir and Da’rrell Belton.

Why: To challenge Black ministers to end homophobic rhetoric and join the fight to end violence.

New York, NY – After four murders of Black gay men and the attack on Dwan Prince which left him in a coma, Black gay community leaders hold a REVIVAL! to denounce homophobia from Black ministers, and challenge them to become more proactive in ending violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Black community.

“The Black gay community is in a state of emergency. We need our ministers to stand with us to end the violence,” says Tokes Osubu, Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent, one of the event’s sponsors. “Ministers should know that when they preach hate against gays on Sunday, someone will be bashed or murdered on Monday.”

A recent report issued by The Anti-Violence Project shows that violent attacks against the LGBT community increased 25% over the last two years. This year, four gruesome murders of members of Black gay men have occurred including Rashawn Brazell, Marvin Paige, Kenmoore Thomas, and Jamal James.

“Historically the deciding factor in social justice movements is the spiritual energy that fuels them,” says Elder Joseph W. Tolton of Christian Conscious Ministries, and the event’s keynote speaker. “This revival meeting which is stirring in the hearts of our lay people is a decisive indicator that the civil rights struggle for gays and lesbians is evolving into a movement rooted in Christian principles that will guide us toward the realization of Dr. King’s Beloved Community.”

REVIVAL! is the first event in a campaign targeted to end violence against gays in the Black Community.

CONTACT: Kenyon Farrow, New York State Black Gay Network, 917.627.0853


At 10:49 AM, Blogger The Foxybrown Show said...

Wassup Brother!
This sounds like it's going to quite an event and at Riverside Church!!! Isn't that a sign of the times. Unfortunately I'm going to be in Montreal this weekend but I expect a full report when I return.

Have a great safe weekend!

-Your Host

At 12:15 PM, Blogger PISTACHIO JOE said...

that's funny u posted this. riverside is the church i attended in march and had a really moving experience. i plan to go back soon. thanks for da 411

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Trent Jackson said...

Wow...thats deep church comming together with the kids! And then there you are in the mix of it...hmmm.

I wanna go! More reason for me to move, there is always something going on

At 4:36 PM, Blogger No4real4real said...

Yo should I be attending this? Why is it so late? I might have attend and receive some blessings...

At 8:38 PM, Blogger The Church Boy said...

Ohhh - let me know if you're going - I'd love to go with you...

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Valentino said...

That sounds fantastic...I hope it goes well.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Rod said...

thanks DL!
i'm mentioning your REVIVAL! post today

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