An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NAACP President Benajmin Jealous -- and had anyone wanted to wipe out nearly every LGBT leader in the city, they could have done it with one strike.
Yesterday, GLAAD and several other LGBT, civil rights, faith and labor organizations held a press conference at the historic Stonewall Inn to rally together against New York’s “Stop and Frisk” policy and to announce joint support for the June 17th silent march against police harassment.
National LGBT advocates plan to join other civil rights leaders on Tuesday in calling on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to end the Police Department’s current stop-and-frisk policy, which they argue constitutes harassment of young black and Latino men.
Coming two weeks after the board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse same-sex marriage, the gay advocates’ move to significantly change the stop-and-frisk tactic reflects a new degree of cooperation between gay rights and other civil rights groups.
On Saturday night at the 23rd GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, Janet Mock, noted author, trans advocate and editor of People.com, joined GLAAD in calling for a meeting with staff members of The New York Times to discuss transgender issues.
This past Saturday, Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes presented Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal) with the Golden Gate Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.