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Black LGBT groups hit Prop 8

Published Dec 4, 2008 8:55 PM
WW photo: Cheryl LaBash

Black lesbian/gay/bi/trans organizations sponsored a Nov. 23 rally in Leimert Park, considered the Black cultural center of South Central Los Angeles, to protest the recently passed Proposition 8.

They pointed out how it amounts to an assault on the civil and human rights of same-sex couples and aggravates the economic

crisis already burdening working people by denying them health care and financial benefits afforded only in marriage.

Chants like “We’re your mother, your father, your sister and your brother—Now is the time to love one another” stressed unity. As the marchers walked through a main shopping and public transportation area, people on foot and driving showed their support.

Pictured above, Monique Blassingame, Nichole Mounsey and Ashley Carroll march proudly to overturn Prop. 8. Attendees included members of the International Action Center, SEIU Local 721’s Latino Caucus, Love @ Work and the Jordan/Rustin Coalition.

—John Parker