Virtual gatherings of Gay Pride groups are adding to the voices of black activists amid the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of LGBTQ group GLAAD, explained that Pride originated as a “riot that was led by two women of color at Stonewall 51 years ago” referring to black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson and Latina Sylvia Rivera. She went on to express her excitement at being an “ally” of and “locking arms” with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Gay black actor J. August Richards referred to the cooperation between blacks and gays as “amazing” and hoped for “continued conversation and a continued inclusion”.
Native Son black gay empowerment group founder Emil Wilbekin brought together about 100 black and gay executives and entrepreneurs for a virtual leadership forum on matters such as health and social justice.