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WATCH: NAACP’s Gay Town Hall Brings Cheers, Jeers

 

 

NoMoreDownLow.tv provided live coverage of the NAACP’s recent groundbreaking LGBT town hall, held last Monday at the group’s 102nd national convention in Los Angeles. Moderated by out newscaster Don Lemon and featuring Wanda Sykes, former NAACP chair Julian Bond, Spelman College Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall, filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk and writer/activist Kenyon Farrow, the meeting gave panelists and audience members a chance to share their experiences and discuss issues like the role of the black church in shaping views on homosexuality.

But it wasn’t all smiles and applause—some activists took the organization to task for not supporting full equality for gays and lesbians, as well as for homophobic comments made by NAACP leaders in recent years, like ones by board member Rev. Keith Ratliff, who’s called on the gay community to “stop hijacking the civil-rights movement.”