More good news on gay rights coming from the NAACP Centennial Convention.
The NAACP’s LGBT Equality Task Force was announced, a new partnership between the NAACP and National Black Justice Coalition. The Task Force will be comprised of seven members and is co-chaired by NAACP National Chairman Julian Bond and California NAACP Chair Alice Huffman. Bond has an excellent gay rights and marriage equality record. Huffman also boasts a strong gay rights record and the California NAACP chapter was instrumental in the California marriage decision in June 2008.
NBJC Deputy Director Jason W. Bartlett, who made history as the first openly gay black state legislator in the nation when he was elected to the Connecticut assembly in February 2008, made history again Wednesday by representing the first black LGBT group to address the NAACP Board of Governors
Said Bartlett: "Black gay people need you on Hate Crimes. We have a disproportionate number of Black LGBT people who are suffering from hate crimes and we need you to speak about it and advocate for them. It is our Black brothers and sisters who are transgender people, or who are gay and lesbian that need you; they need you to not let them be oppressed at their place of work."
Bartlett urged the NAACP to pass resolutions on each of these issues on behalf of LGBT people of color and added: "Too often, our community—the Black community—thinks of LGBT concerns, thinks of gay concerns as White. The National Black Justice Coalition represents Black LGBT people—like myself—that need you."
Hear, hear. It's high time the NAACP welcomed black LGBTs. Now it's time for more black gay men to come out and demand equal footing in the black community.