Radio Show Stimulates Dialogue About Gay Rights Within African-American Community

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Radio Show Will Explore “the Human Side” of Being Gay

BALTIMORE, MD – September 28, 2011 – Given that the bill for Marriage Equality in Maryland would be law today had there been greater support from the African-American community, Relationship Experts Bob and Lori Hollander and Pastor Larry L. Brumfield have created a weekly “talk” and “call in” radio show on WOLB, TalkRadio 1010am, Baltimore. Radio One’s stations, including WOLBbaltimore, target markets that have a significant African-American presence.

“Black White & Gay in America – the Human Side,” will explore the human experience of being gay in our country from the legal, religious, racial and psychological perspectives. The show will air Mondays, beginning October 3rd from 4-5pm EDT.

Our goal is to elevate the dialogue about the impact of discrimination upon our gay and lesbian population, especially in the African American community. We will engage the Black community in “thoughtful” discussion of significant issues such as same sex marriage, HIV/AIDS, teen suicide, religion, homelessness and workplace discrimination.

We will present all aspects of this issue, moving beyond the bitterness of a high intensity debate that only assures a clash of “opposing sides.” Instead we intend to reveal a more comprehensive, all-encompassing and often invisible “human side.”

Our featured guest on October 3rd will be Reverend Irene Monroe, an African American lesbian theologian, critically acclaimed religion columnist, Huffington Post blogger and sought-after speaker. After graduating from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, she served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. Her syndicated columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K.

On October 10th our guest will be Tim’m T. West, iconic African American rapper, author, poet and activist who describes himself as “black, gay and a feminist, POZ and working class.” He recently released his fourth solo project, Fly Brotha, celebrating the courage to confront barriers to personal freedom. “Ready Set Grow: a coming of age story,” is his one-man show that speaks to the question: “What becomes of little black boys who’ve considered suicide robbed of any rites of passage?” Tim’m received critical acclaim for, “Red Dirt Revival: A Poetic Memoir in Six Breaths,” and has written about Hip-Hop’s place inside the secret gay subculture, down-low life. He has degrees from Duke, The New School, and Stanford Universities.

Other featured guests will include gay and lesbian individuals, couples and families, as well as elected officials, religious leaders, attorneys, mental health and medical professionals.

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If you’d like more information about this, or to schedule an interview, please call Lori Hollander at 410.868.2039 or email Lori at LHollander@RelationshipsWork.com

Lori Hollander, LCSW-C, BCD
Bob Hollander, JD, LCSW-C
Pastor Larry Brumfield
www.facebook.com/BlackWhiteandGay
www.BlackWhiteandGay.com (Launches October 3, 2011)

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