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Gay Pride Month Forum Tackles Criminal Justice System Issues

A special Lesbian and Gay Pride Month forum at 7 p.m. tonight entitled “What's Goin' On?: LGBT People, Police Brutality, & the Death Penalty” will address issues such as:

* What role does sexuality, gender identity and race play in the justice system?

* Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people more likely targets for police brutality?

A panel of activists from the community will also look at issues such as:

LGBT youth in the criminal justice system * Police harassment of Transgendered people * The anti-Gay cop attacks against Jeffrey Lyons, Freddie Mason, and Terry Phalen * Race, sexual orientation, and the death penalty * What you can do if you are attacked by the police * Community action against police brutality and the death penalty.

The event, at Chicago’s leading African-American gay and lesbian church, Church of the Open Door, 5954 S. Albany Avenue, is sponsored by Affinity, Amnesty International, Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays, and Queer to the Left. It is endorsed by: Anti-Racist Action-Chicago, Autonomous Zone, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Campaign to Prosecute Police Torture, Chicago Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Citizens Alert, First Defense Legal Aid, Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago, National Lawyers Guild, October 22nd Coalition, Pathfinders Prevention Education Fund, and Sangat.

For more information please call 312.435.6396 (e-mail: rschultz@aiusa.org) or 773.878.4781 (e-mail: CABNstopthehate@aol.com).



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