The NAACP Reaches out to LGBT Community

Friday, September 24, 2010

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This week, the NAACP’s president, Benjamin Jealous, did something previously unheard of for the organization: He encouraged members of New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to work with him and specifically, to attend the NAACP march for jobs and justice in Washington next month. 

Essence magazine Senior Editor and friend of the Takeaway, Patrik Henry Bass, explains why this visit to the LGBT Center is significant, and what it could mean for the NAACP in years to come.

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Patrik Henry Bass

Comments [2]

Jeffrey Campagna

Actually, I never suggested that LGBT people defray the cost of anything. In fact, I offered the LGBT community buses that have been subsidized by other groups because our inclusion is desired. I don't think $10 round trip is too expensive a price to go to Washington to stand with a coalition that's calling for a prohibition on discrimination against LGBT people,

The march is endorsed by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Center for Transgender Equality and over 20 other LGBT organizations, who are not paying for the cost of the march at all.

Get on the bus from NYC at

Sep. 27 2010 03:06 PM
Dana LaRocca from Baltimore

The march for jobs and justice is largely sponsored by big labor, it is also supported by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, the Democratic Socialists of America, the International Socialist Organization, the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and the Communist Party USA. They want gay folk to jump on their bandwagon. Or as Jeff Campagna of the New York office of One Nation Working Together has suggested, to “help defray the cost of putting participants on buses to DC.”

I'll believe in their support when they do it for love, not for bus fare.

Sep. 24 2010 02:54 AM

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