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LGBTQ Black & Brown Equality Ball

By Charlotte Robinson, August 10, 2023

HRC will present The Equality Ball in association with Beeline Productions & the Shady Gang with support from the BeyGOOD Foundation the public charity founded by Beyoncé to celebrate & uplift the beauty of Black & Brown queer joy on August 27th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly Robinson Human Rights Campaign President who will be attending stated, “Ballroom culture is synonymous with the Black queer community—it creates a safe space for LGBTQ+ people at a time when being your authentic self was dangerous. But, let’s not get confused, it’s still dangerous for us—Black & Brown trans women are facing an epidemic of fatal violence & just within the past week, O’Shea Sibley, a Black queer man, was brutally murdered for vogueing. The Equality Ball serves as another space for those who feel overlooked to take center stage & let the world know that—as Beyoncé sings—you won’t break our souls’. There is hate out there, but nothing can break our souls. We see the community’s resilience in our own programs—in the leadership of advocates who work in our Trans Justice Initiative, in the unlimited potential that shines through students in our HBCU program & in the work we do with Black & Brown leaders advancing health equity, inclusive workplaces & schools free of bullying & bias. Despite the challenges facing our community, we continue to celebrate this renaissance of freedom & self-love & honor the Black & Brown, queer & transgender pioneers who paved the way for us to live our best lives.”  

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