American Jewish World Service is the fourth largest U.S.-based funder of international LGBT work. Ruth Messinger, its president and CEO, took part in Atlanta’s first public event addressing the Global-Local Connection for LGBT Rights.
When the programming board of the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights walked out of their August meeting, they had in hand a list of three areas to focus on in the years ahead: criminal justice and safety, education and employment, and public health and wellness. Monday evening, the Institute held its first public event addressing those areas, The Global-Local Connection for LGBT Rights.
The event, which drew roughly 100 people, featured a wide-ranging panel discussion with Mandy Carter, co-founder of Southerners On New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition, and Ruth Messinger, president and CEO of American Jewish World Service. It was moderated by Institute programming board member Tim’m West.
While Carter provided a regional and national perspective and Messinger provided a global perspective on LGBT rights, the local perspective was provided by those in attendance. It helped that the diverse crowd included members of various LGBT nonprofits and other organizations across the city, including Lambda Legal, Atlanta Pride, Charis Books & More, Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project, AID Atlanta, the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Point Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Touching Up Our Roots, History of Black Gay America, Juxtaposed Center for Transformation and others.