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CNN’s Don Lemon to moderate, with panelists Wanda Sykes and Julian Bond

The NAACP will host its first-ever town hall meeting on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues during the 102nd Annual National Convention in Los Angeles. Panelists at the event include actress/comedian Wanda Sykes and civil rights icon Julian Bond.

“Black members of the LGBT community share a common history and continued struggle to address issues of bigotry, yet their identities, talents, and leadership are oftentimes diminished because of homophobia and fear of physical violence,” remarked Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president and CEO. “It is important that we address these issues head on.”

Moderated by CNN news anchor Don Lemon, the forum will examine the significant contributions of black gay leaders within the Civil Rights movement, the role of black straight allies in addressing homophobia, and how we can collectively overcome LGBT discrimination within the black community.

Panelists also include Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall of Spelman College, actor Daryl Stephens, and writer, scholar, and activist Kenyon Farrow.

The meeting will take place on Monday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the L.A. Convention Center.

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