Section One

March 18, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 11

Sat, Feb 06, 2016


Third annual Nat’l Black Lesbian Conference to take place in April
Third annual Nat’l Black Lesbian Conference to take place in April

DALLAS - The Zuna Institute will convene the 3rd National Black Lesbian Conference (NBLC) April 7-10, 2005 in Dallas. Appropriately themed “Taking Charge: Health, Community and Family,” the conference will have workshops and forums that focus on education and advocacy within the Black Lesbian diaspora as well as provide a national voice on Gay and Lesbian issues. Over 500 women are expected to attend this year’s conference.

Hosted locally by Dallas Black Lesbian group Women of Distinction, the NBLC will bring together Black Lesbians from around the country ranging in age from 18 to 80. Topics to be discussed during the conference include public policy, marriage, grassroots organizing, health, religion/spirituality, , economic development, media advocacy and more.

Guest speakers include Dallas local community activists Felicia Miller and Doris G. Beckard, media activist Jasmyne Cannick (Los Angeles), Atlanta activist Zandra R. Conway, New York’s Samiya Bashir, HRCs Donna Payne (Washington) and political strategist Courtney Snowden (Washington). In addition to the workshops and panel discussions, there will be a film festival with a focus on Black Lesbians, an evening of spoken word, a performance by comedian Karen Williams, and a gospel brunch featuring keynote speaker Bishop Yvette Flunder, presiding pastor of San Francisco’s City of Refuge Church.

Events and activities open to the public include a banquet hosted by the NBLC on Saturday, April 9. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling (916) 419-5075. Local and national community organizations are invited to attend the banquet. The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre will serve as the host hotel. Registrations and vendor applications are still being accepted.

To register for the conference, please visit or call (916) 419-5075. The NBLC is sponsored by the National Center For Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, National Black Justice Coalition, Black AIDS Institute, and the HaHa Institute. This year’s planning committee includes Vallerie Wagner of Los Angeles, Zandra R. Conway of Atlanta, Wendy Herndon of Oakland, Cynthia Walston and Joi Rhone of Sacramento and Felicia Miller and Michelle Carter of Dallas.

For more information and a complete schedule of planned events, please visit www.zunainstit About The Zuna Institute The Zuna Institute is a national advocacy organization for Black Lesbians that was created to address the needs of Black Lesbians in the areas of health, public policy, economic development and education. The board of directors are Francine Ramsey (President) Wendy Herndon (Vice-President), Cynthia Walston (Secretary), Karman Jarvis (Treasurer), Joi Rhone, and Donna Payne.

Rex Wockner