In early December advocates and activists met to hear about and share issues of concern, the work they are doing or want to do, and helped build networks for future work.
This Saturday will be the follow up to that meeting with two special guests -
Shannon Taylor – Henrico County’s Commonwealth Attorney (top image left)
A graduate of UVA and University of Richmond Law School, Shannon has spent her entire legal career in the criminal justice system. Her experience and competency are unmatched. Prior to being elected, she spent 12 years as a professional prosecutor. She served as a Special Assistant US Attorney, enforcing Project Exile and Project safe Neighborhoods. She managed the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury enforcing violent crime prosecution. She has served as the first elected woman Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico over the last four years.
Captain Green, a New Jersey native, has been part of the Richmond Police Department for 14 years. She spent the last few years in the Community, Youth and Intervention services (CYIS) program and was just last week selected to take over for Major Johnson as the new LGBTQ police Liaison for the city. This will be her first public appearance in this role.
Following the meet and greet, community members are invited to join in talks around issues such as:
LGBTQ Families with children that have IEP’s having trouble with school systems
Many in the community don’t trust the police in spite of there being a liaison in place
How can we better support transgender students in area public schools?
Is there a way to support LGBTQ incarcerated individuals?
Whats coming up in the GA and what can we do to help?
Outreach to clergy concerning LGBTQ issues
Many LGBTQ sex workers are victims of family rejection and or trafficking, how can we support those in need?
This Saturday, January 16, from 1 to 4 pm is the followup workshop.
“We press forward in the face of adversity, in the midst of tears, in the midst of hurt, because we know that our strength together, our synergetic energy together, even in hurt, is far greater than any hate that can be expressed from outside communities.”