The NAACP has come under criticism for not including panelists from either the bisexual or transgender populations in its first LGBT town hall.
The NAACP is hosting its first-ever LGBT town hall Monday as part of its 102nd National Convention, The Advocate reports.
“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,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president and CEO, according to Out Smart magazine. “It is important that we address these issues head on.”
But many are pointing out the bitter irony in the fact that an event meant to illuminate marginalized queer identities does not include panelists representing a transgender or bisexual perspective.