LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent Host Forum in NYC


Contact: Fabian Burrell or F. Romall Smalls


Telephone: (516) 515-1436

“Ain’t No Hurt Like Church Hurt”

LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent Host Forum in NYC

NEW YORK, NY (January 14, 2015) – “Aint No Hurt Like Church Hurt: Has your Worship Experience been Harmful or Liberating?” is the theme of this year’s LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent Faith Forum which will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building at 163 West 125th Street, New York City.

Many city leaders site the often strict religious views held by many in the African American community as one of the key causes of increasing rates of LGBT youth homelessness, escalating violence against Trans people and epidemic levels of HIV infection rates among LGBT people of color. The LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent Faith Forum seeks to find solutions to address these alarming trends. Key subjects to be discussed during the forum will include, healing the hurt from homophobic religious spaces and exploring what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

Leading LGBT Faith Leaders will participate and add their voices to this important gathering. They include, Dr. Jameelah Medina, a noted Muslim feminist and a widely recognized contributing author to Feminism and; Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Co- Executive Director of Many Voices, one of our nation’s top advocates for dialogue about LGBT issues in the Black Church; Imani Rashid, Co-Chair of LGBT Kwanzaa Community of NYC and a leading expert of traditional African religions and practices; and Min. Louis Mitchell, a leading advocate for transgender rights and TransFaith. Noted LGBT researcher and activist Dr. Kevin McGruder will server as moderator.

Admission to this LGBT faith forum is free, but does require an RSVP at:

LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, is a 501(c)3 New York City based membership organization that advocates in the Black community to change negative attitudes and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and same-gender loving people.  Since its’ founding in 2011, it continues to meet the urgent need to address the problems affecting homeless gay children and youth through education and advocacy.


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