More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The Audre Lorde Project Celebrates its 15 Year Anniversary
In November 1996, the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) found a home in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Since then and for the past 15 years ALP has helped LGBT people of color and allies in New York City and beyond.
“The vision for ALP grew out of the expressed need for innovative and unified community strategies to address the multiple issues impacting LGBTSTGNC [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming] People of Color,” said Collette Carter, co-director of ALP in a statement. “For a decade and a half, our organization has been committed to mobilizing and educating community members while responsibly reflecting, representing and serving them.”
Some of the organization’s highlights over the years include: launching 3rd Space Support, a program that helps LGBTSTGNC People of Color who struggle with issues around employment, education, health care and immigration status; hosting the first annual Bed-Stuy Pride, a celebration of LGBTSTGNC People of Color in the Brooklyn neighborhood that featured performances, artists, vendors and activities for youth and adults; and recruiting nine local businesses to become safe spaces.
Tonight ALP will commemorate its 15th anniversary at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 7 – 10 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by activist and poet Chrystos and a performance by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir. Tickets for the event are sliding scale. No one is turned away. Childcare, wheelchair accessible space and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.
For more information, visit www.alp.org/15years.
GLAAD congratulates the Audre Lorde Project on this milestone. Our Programs team worked closely with the organization to coordinate media outreach for this historic moment. We look forward to future collaborations.