BodyImage4Justice congratulates the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) on the success of its 4th annual Gala awards and fundraising event, which took place on Saturday, November 9th in Boston. The Gala marks HGBC’s 4th year of supporting and empowering LGBTQ people of color through activism, education, outreach and counseling.
We also join HBGC in congratulating and recognizing this year’s award winners: the Reverend Irene Monroe, syndicated religion correspondent and blogger, Keynote speaker for the Gala, and winner of the James Earl Hardy Legends Award; Nelson Roman, Board President/Founder of the Imperial Court of Western Mass, winner of the Audre Lorde Founders Award; and the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) for being voted winner of the Sylvia Rivera Community Award.
BI4J was represented at the Gala by Founder and Director Justice Roe Williams. He was particularly moved and inspired by Rev. Monroe’s keynote speech, saying, “She affirmed my spirit, she affirmed God’s unconditional love, as we are all creations of God… She held the words of our Ancestors, and honored everyone in the space. She is very deserving of the Legends Award….”
We at BodyImage4Justice are grateful to be a part of the HBGC family. Their work is rooted in a common need in Boston for Queer people of color to have a safe space to build, connect, and learn. Congratulations to HBGC and all of this year’s award winners!