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Network Proud to Celebrate Black History Month

The Wyoming GSA Network will be celebrating Black History Month this February, with plans to highlight black LGBTQ historical figures on Facebook and Instagram. Such figures include Marsha P. Johnson, the black trans woman who participated in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, and Bayard Rustin, who served as chief organizer for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The Network views Black History Month as directly relevant to their mission. “There can be no justice for LGBTQ people if there is no justice for black people. Not all black people are straight or cis, and not all LGBTQ people are white, so their fight is our fight,” said Jordan Ostrum, Coordinator for the GSA Network.

While the Network does not currently have any events planned for Black History Month, it encourages people to participate in events planned by other groups. For people in southeast Wyoming, the Sankofa African Heritage group and the LCCC History Department will host a screening of  I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary on black gay essayist James Baldwin. The screening is at 5:30PM on February 14 at the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

Bayard Rustin. PC: Warren K Leffler