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GENESEO – Two of the Western New York organizers for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group Black and Pink will soon be visiting the SUNY Geneseo campus to run a workshop on the prison industrial complex and how it affects LGBT communities.
According to project organizers, the free event, called ‘Know Your Rights, Know the PIC: An Intro to the Incarceration and Criminalization of LGBT Communities’ is sponsored by Geneseo Social Justice Action Coalition, SUNY Geneseo Pride Alliance and Genesee Valley Cooperative, and will run on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m.
“Black and Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other,” said Black and Pink on a social media group for the event. “Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.”
Black and Pink says that kyem asa brown is a black, queer, trans, visionary. They are currently employed as an English tutor for high school youth in Buffalo, NY. They volunteer with the Black and Pink: Boston chapter as Newspaper Coordinator and are the founding member of Black and Pink: Buffalo. They imagine a future free of prisons and full of healing and collective liberation. They will be talking about Black and Pink and queer/trans incarceration as it relates specifically to black communities.
Julia Sáenz is the 2013-2015 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester office. Julia created the LGBT Rights Project in September 2013 and through her project provides free legal services to low-income LGBT clients in Western and Central New York, with a focus on anti-discrimination in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations. Her work includes community outreach, civil rights litigation, and legislative advocacy and she proudly serves as Co-Chair on the Monroe County Bar Association’s LGBT Committee. She will be talking about her role as an attorney with Empire Justice Center’s LGBT Rights Project.
PHOTO CAPTION: Black and Pink’s logo.