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WHO:

Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network and other city leaders.

 

WHERE:

National Action Network

106 West 145th Street (Lenox Ave)

 

WHEN:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

9:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m. press arrival

 

Watch the live stream at www.NationalActionNetwork.net or listen to WLIB 1190 AM NYC

 

 

 

Also at NAN SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 

SHARPTON ENTERTAINMENT TO HOLD “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” PANEL FOCUSING ON LGBT RIGHTS SATURDAY AT NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK AFTER VIOLENCE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF COMMUNITY TRANSGENDER WOMAN ISLAN NETTLES

My Brothers Keeper:

Discussion on discrimination & violence towards LGBT community

December 7, 2013

1:00-3:00pm

National Action Network

106 W. 145th St., New York, NY

New York, NY – Community leaders, LGBT activists, and young people will convene this Saturday, December 7th in Harlem, New York, at National Action Network headquarters to heal, educate, and discuss action steps in light of a slew of violent occurrences targeting the LGBT community. The event honors Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old Transgender woman who was beaten to death in Harlem in October of 2013. Just weeks after her murder, charges against the alleged killers were dropped.

My Brothers Keeper will be hosted by Ashley Sharpton, President of Sharpton Entertainment and daughter of civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, who himself has been outspoken about equal rights for the LGBT community and has denounced discrimination and violence towards people based upon their sexuality for over a decade.

Ashley Sharpton, who was a friend of Islan Nettles, felt a very personal connection to this issue and wanted to host a forum to create a clearer understanding of issues in the LGBT community and how they can be addressed. According to Ashley Sharpton: “It impacted the whole community when Islan Nettles was killed and it was a double slap in the face when the charges against her assailants were dropped. Our goal is to discuss how we can create communities that are tolerant of one another regardless of sexual preference or gender.”

Reverend Al Sharpton will speak and lead a moment of silence in honor of LGBT individuals who have victims of violent crime. A panel will follow, moderated by Dominique Sharpton with activists and leaders discussing topics such as gender identity and bias, LGBT Violence, legislation, building mutual respect among homosexual and heterosexual communities and more. At the conclusion of the panel attendees will be able to ask questions and the night will end with a performance by a LGBT poet from I Love My Life organization.

 

Panelists:

·               Vivian Billings, VH1’s Gossip Game and her transgendered teen Kayden Skylar,

·               Rev. Vanessa Brown, Pastor of Rivers of Living Waters

·               Irene Gandy, Broadway Publicist and LGBT advocate

·               Sean Coleman, Destination Tomorrow, Transgender activist

·               Arisce Wanzer, Transgender model

·               Derrick Briggs, ADTV Nation

·               Kimberly Howard, Occupy Wall Street transgender activist & winner of the “Sylvia Rivera Legacy” award

This is a free event that is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.

 

 

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For more information contact:

Rachel Noerdlinger – [email protected] or Jacky Johnson – [email protected]