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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Community Forum

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness community forum Join the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative partners for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness community forum, IN SEARCH OF A BLACK SOLUTION: WHAT DO WE SAY? The forum will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the African American Civil War Museum (1925 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.).

This collaborative event will explore the historic accomplishments and challenges African Americans have experienced addressing health disparities. Seating is limited, please RSVP@Cbcfinc.org by February 2.

Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative is a partnership of the nation's leading civil rights and social justice organizations formed to conduct a wide range of communication, mobilization, action and education activities among communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.

$50,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant

Pepsi RefreshThe International Federation of Black Prides (IFBP) has a great fundraising opportunity that will be benefit the Black LGBT community.

After six months of trying, the IFBP has finally been accepted as a finalist in the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything grant competition. People have to vote for the idea that they think is the best and the top ten receive $50,000. To increase its chances of winning, the IFBP has partnered with the Center for Progressive Leadership in a Progressive Slate made up of other progressive organizations seeking a Pepsi Refresh Everything grant.

The IFBP applied for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything grant to educate LGBT college students at historically Black colleges and universities how to combat homophobia on their campus and in their communities. The IFBP is listed in the Pepsi Refresh Everything December slate.

Please help IFBP and four other progressive organizations win a Pepsi Refresh Everything grant by voting on their ideas. If the IFBP wins the $50,000, it will have the opportunity to train LGBT college students how to fight homophobia on campus and in their communities.

How to Vote
You can vote every day during the month of December. Daily voting takes only about a minute. Since this process can be a little confusing, below are step-by-step details of the process:

  1. Go the Progressive Slate site: bit.ly/IFBPRefreshEverything

  2. Complete the required information.
    This has to be done in order to receive daily reminders and to vote easily for the IFBP and the other four organizations

  3. Create a profile on the Pepsi Refresh Everything website.
  4. You will be redirected to this page.
  5. Confirm your account.
    You will receive an email from the Pepsi Refresh Project, asking you to confirm your account.

  6. Wait for the Progressive Slate email.
    The email will come from Pepsi@progressiveleaders.org. Do not vote prior to receiving that email.

  7. When you receive the Progressive Slate email from Pepsi@progressiveleaders.org directing you to vote for the five best idea listed to be funded, you should click on the first idea.

  8. You will then be asked to sign on to the Pepsi Refresh Everything page and vote.

  9. Come back to the Pepsi@progressiveleaders.org email and click on the remaining ideas one at a time to vote (Ours says, "Teach LGBT college students how to fight homophobia on college campuses and beyond.").
Remember to come back to the email each time and vote for all five ideas, as the five groups are supporting each other. The IFBP's idea is currently 13 out of hundreds of ideas! As a reminder, only the top ten ideas get funded.

Every day this month, you will receive an email from the Progressive Slate, prompting you to vote for these five ideas. You can vote for the five ideas once a day.

Please share this info with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and your websites.

Contact: Earl Fowlkes
Phone: 202-841-7104
Email: jrfowlkes@aol.com

DCBP presents the Washngton, D.C. premeire of "Leave It On the Floor."

Leave It On the FloorDCBP will present the Washington, D.C premeire of Leave It On the Floor on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Landmark's E Street Cinema at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. This is a one-night only event, not to be missed. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Leave It On the Floor tells the story of Brad, our hero, who is thrown out of his dysfunctional home by his mother, Deondra. He steals his mother's car and travels into Los Angeles where, through a chance encounter, Brad, a little like Alice in Wonderland, stumbles into a noisy raucous, chaotic event and meets the ragtag members of the struggling House of Eminence. Initially only looking for a place to sleep(and perhaps someone to sleep with), Brad ends up engaging with the colorful members of the house led by the indomitable house mother Queef Latina, herself an aging ball-legend and the fierce protectrice of her family. Laughter, tears, sex sirens and butch queens up in pumps ensue and remarkably, Brad ends up finding an extraordinary home and loving, caring family in this, the strangest of places. For innformation about the movie, visit ballmusical.com.


The International Federation of Black Prides Decries the Continued Acts of Violence Against Transgender Individuals in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, an analysis from the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) titled 50 Under 30: Masculinity and the War on America's Youth, profiled the deaths of 43 transgender individuals between the ages of 13 and 30 finding that the District of Colombia had the highest number of reported incidents of violent acts committed against transgender individuals in the country. Unfortunately, between 2006 and 2011, the District of Columbia still struggles with its ability to stem the tide of violence committed against its transgender residents.

The GenderPAC report found that youth of color account for 91% of victims for which race is known, with Black and Latino victims accounting for the vast majority (85%). This suggests that the intersection of race and gender non-conformity is crucial to increasing a young person's vulnerability to fatal assault.

"The murders of Ukia Davis, 18, and Stephanie Thomas, 19, among others and the recent news of off duty D.C. police officer Kenneth Furr who is reported to have fired his service weapon and was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault with a dangerous weapon after a "confrontation" with several transgender individuals serve as critical reminders that despite recent gains in LGBT related equality in the District and around the country, much work still needs to be done. I am reminded as we celebrate honoring Dr. King's legacy of civil rights for all people with a statue on the Mall of the words from his famous 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and these acts of violence are just that an injustice, said Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO of the International Federation of Black Prides (IFBP).

While we certainly applaud and recognize Mayor Gray's recent announcement regarding job training efforts targeting transgender individuals as a positive step towards improving the quality of life for Transgender communities, we must demand for more. Because the basis of what needs to be done has already been adequately presented by GenderPAC, the IFBP simply adds our voice by endorsing their recommendations.
1. Recognize and investigate gender-based assaults as hate crimes (police)
2. Respond firmly to gender-based bullying and harassment (educators)
3. Report epidemic of gender-based violence (media)
4. Ratify laws and policies that track gender-based hate (legislators)
5. Reach out and educate local youth on gender and violence (youth, organizations)
"Saving the lives of transgender individuals is not just a legislative or policy issue, it's a people issue and our communities -- LGBT, heterosexual, African Americans, people of color and all colors, elected and appointed officials, business communities, civic and civil rights organizations, families, our next door neighbors and especially the police officers responsible for protecting us from violence have to stand together against the violence that is ravaging our communities and taking the lives of our young people – straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alike. Together we must be vigilant against these cowardly acts and we must not turn a blind eye to this violence, no matter the perpetrator," said Dwayne Jenkins, IFBP Board Chair.

Contact: Earl Fowlkes
Phone: 202-841-7104
Email: jrfowlkes@aol.com

Metro DC Queer People of Color Launches Its Inaugural Collaboration during Capital Pride

WASHINGTON, DC (May 25, 2011)—The Metro DC Queer People of Color (QPOC), a group of current and past leaders and volunteers of several metro DC organizations of queer people of color have come together to organize a panel discussion which will be held during Capital Pride in June 2011—the first collaborative effort ever initiated by the queer people of color organizations, not only in the history of Capital Pride, but in the Metro DC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.

This panel discussion, “Celebrating Queer People of Color: Community, Activism, and Leadership”, is  listed on Capital Pride’s official calendar of community events. The panel discussion will be held Monday, June 6, 2011, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.  All members of the LGBTQ community and allies are welcome.

The DC QPOC planning group, comprised of leaders from the Asian-Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA), DC Black Pride, DC Latino Pride Committee, International Federation of Black Prides, Inc., KhushDC, Latino GLBT History Project, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum DC Chapter (NAPAWF-DC), the National Black Justice Coalition, and Unid@s--The National Latina/o LGBT Human Rights Organization, has outlined the following objectives for the event: promote unity and inclusivity; celebrate communities; embrace diversity; and, foster leadership, activism, and coalition building amongst all members of the LGBTQ community in the Metro DC area.

Nationally and locally recognized queer people of color community pioneers will present informative and inspiring point of view and discuss their work and leadership within their respective communities. Rashad Ullah, Vice President of KhushDC will moderate a panel discussion with the following speakers:

• Earl Fowlkes, President and CEO of the International Federation of Black Prides (IFBP)
• Ben de Guzman, Co-Director for Programs at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
• Sapna Pandya, Executive Director, Many Languages One Voice and Co-Founder, Humsafar International
• David M. Pérez, President of the Latino GLBT History Project and Co-Chair of the 5th Annual DC Latino Pride

This event will include networking, a panel discussion and Q&A, and light refreshments.

The DC QPOC planning group strongly encourages all interested LGBTQ individuals, organizations, community activists, leaders, volunteers and allies in the Metro DC area to come for an evening of networking and an informative panel discussion.  Please feel free to distribute this announcement to your contacts.

For more information about this panel discussion, please contact David M. Pérez, lead organizer, DC QPOC planning group, at dperez@LatinoGLBTHistory.com.

Contact: David M. Pérez
Phone: (202) 670-5547
Email: DPerez@latinoglbthistory.com
Website: LatinoGLBTHistory.org
2011 DCBP Sponsors
Metro Weekly US Helping Us DC Office of Human Rights Washington Blade Whitman-Walker Health The Rubber Revolution AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Glo Tv The DC Center National gay and Lesbian Task Force