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Intersection of race and the LGBTQ community

Toward Racial Justice explores race and the LGBTQ community, Thursday, May 13 at 7pm on WITF’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

42% of LGBTQ adults in the United States identify as people of color and as the national discussion around racial equality grows, many individuals are facing challenging conversations with people who are uninformed about race, identity or the intersection of both.

During this discussion, we’ll examine some of the needs and challenges faced by LGBTQ communities of color such as discrimination in the workforce, within the LGBTQ community itself and address some of the unique obstacles LGBTQ youth of color are dealing with.

Panelists include:

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Amanda Carter — Site Director, GLO Harrisburg, LGBT Center of Central PA, View her bio

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Stephen Jiwanmall — Communications Manager,Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

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Ana Machado — Director of Programs, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

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Kenneth J. Sutton — Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SAP, MAC, CAADC, CAMS, Anger Management Solution Services, View his bio

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Brice Williams — Medical Case Manager, PLWHA, View his bio

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Thursday, May 13 at 7pm Streamed LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

Our goal is to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
  • Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member

The entire conversation will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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