From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? Panel Discussion

From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? Panel Discussion

Featuring Rev. Gil Caldwell, a black, straight preacher and Civil Rights Movement foot soldier, and Marilyn Bennett, a white, lesbian author and activist who form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between the Civil Rights and LGBTQ+ Equality movements. They start out exploring the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the two movements and find themselves in the midst of today’s struggles—hate crimes, anti-blackness, police brutality, anti-LGBTQ religious hostility, queer youth homelessness, and white supremacy.

Panelists include: Marilyn Bennett, director and co-executive producer of From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? Marilyn is an author, activist, nonprofit consultant and video biographer, with a long career in social justice work for LGBTQ equality. Asa Roberts Shaw, an Afrofuturist and a value driven revolutionary who believes in the magic of culture and deep organizing. Asa is a south Florida native and the proud son of Albert Carl Shaw Jr. Dr. Darnell Gooch, Jr. is the pastor of the Cathedral of Praise Church of Memphis. Dr. Gooch and his husband, Dr. David Clemons, along with the Cathedral of Praise Church of Memphis, aims to “Transform the Memphis Culture” through preaching and teaching that focuses on emotional healing, restoring hope, and the spiritual power of the believer. After struggling for years with his identity under a Latin household Amelia León came out as bisexual, polyamorous, intersex, and genderfluid at Florida International University. Realizing the lack of queer education there was in college, Amelia decided to start a queer sexual education club called Simple Pleasures, which helped them heal from the persecution and stigma she faced as a queer individual in a cis, heteronormative society.

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