Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Windows and Lenses Wednesday

Athlete Ally welcomes former NFL Running Back Sean James as Pro Ambassador

Today Athlete Ally announces that Sean James, former NFL running back, has joined Athlete Ally as our newest Pro Ambassador. Athlete Ally Ambassadors help the organization promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in sports by speaking out to their peers, sports and fan bases.

James, a Mississippi native, is a former college athlete and Minnesota Vikings player. After his time with the NFL, James has dedicated his time to working with young people in athletics. In 2012, he founded Be In The Know About Bullying, a project to educate and mentor students to become leaders and stop bullying.

“Throughout history sports have been a platform for social change. We have seen trailblazers like Jackie Robinson and Jessie Owens tear down racial walls though sports and seen the impact that we as Americans allow sports to have on our thoughts and beliefs,” James said. “Just like Robinson and Owens contributed to the African-American Civil Rights movement, we are now seeing a new generation of athletes contribute to the LGBT Civil Rights movement. I continue to be an ally for the LGBT community because I am a fervent believer that as athletes we possess the power to fuel change.”

“Sean James has dedicated his career to athletics and empowering young people to exhibit good sporting behavior,” said Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “We look forward to working with Sean, and are proud to have him join 10 other NFL players who are also exercising their leadership to champion LGBT equality.”

James  joins more than 130 other Athlete Ally Pro Ambassadors, including NFL players, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Connor Barwin, Eric Barton, Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong, D’Qwell Jackson, Chris Kluwe, Marcedes Lewis, Ephraim Salaam, and Donté Stallwort, to further equality and acceptance within athletic communities.

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NABWMT Announces Annual Convention

"Voices from Our Past, Voices from Our Future," is the theme set for the 36th Annual convening of Black and White Men Together, Incorporated to be held July 13-16 in Memphis, Tennessee.

According to the groups webpage ( ) the event will feature an opening evening cruise of the mighty Mississippi River aboard The Island Queen, an old-fashioned riverboat that will be reserved for their exclusive use. Plus world-famous Memphis barbecue (and plenty of southern fixin's) will be served.  After dinner, a local DJ will provide entertainment.

 During the week of activities and empowerment sessions, there will be special guest,"America's first gay teen marriage," Memphis natives David and Tre'Darrius Anderson who will explore the meaning of same-sex marriage in the new post-Obergefell era. The group will enjoy the sounds and sights of the famed Lorraine Motel in which Dr. M.L. King was murdered and serves a significant focal point of  the National Civil Rights Museum. Locally the groups, Bush-Mallon Institute for Social Justice funded capacity building of LinQ for Life, Incorporated (  which produced the "Reflections of A Shattered Mirror," anthology/ resource guide to illuminate social justice issues ranging from coming out stories to HIV criminalization.

There are plans underway to offer a package deal for locals interested in the convention to attend. The Doubletree by Hilton in Downtown Memphis will serve as host hotel. Conference registration is now open on the website. For more information about local participation call 501-404-2400.

In recognition of Black Gay Pride Week, July 23-26, Arkansas RAPPS will be available for Free HIV Testing and counseling. We want you to get the "facts, not foolishness," on your sexual health.  Call 501-404-2400 to make your appointment.


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