The fabulous straight ally Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, was the keynote speaker at the State of Black Gay America summit in Atlanta last weekend. Black LGBTs need a Black LGBT agenda, Lettman-Hicks told the audience.
"Black gay people are Black people first. Whether you are gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, questioning ... you are still Black first. So when we speak of 'our' people, we need to think of our entire community and bringing LGBT issues to the Black community. We need to create a Black LGBT agenda to move the bully pulpit forward."
Other SBGA panelists included Joan P. Garner, who just became the first openly LGBT official elected to the Fulton County Commission; Simone Bell, who was elected the first openly lesbian black state legislator in U.S. history; filmmaker Maurice Jamal; and athlete-model-actor Demarco Majors.