Sunday, September 19, 2010

Black LGBTI Americans & Allies Honoring President Obama's Advocacy Event!

President Barack Obama has done more for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and intersex Americans in the first year alone of his presidency than any other president. Many LGBTI African Americans and allies are disappointed by LGBT Inc’s personal attacks on a fierce advocate such as our president. Change has to be inspired, not forced. To show our solidarity and support of our first African American President, we need to come forward and be vocal about the real changes that have taken place.

This weekend has been a historic event with the first convergence of over 100 African-American LGBTI leaders from around the country at the Congressional Black Caucus with the National Black Justice Coalition's OUT on the Hill event! In that spirit, I am asking that we come and celebrate together at Busboy's & Poets, a venue located in a historical neighborhood where Black intellectuals, artists and activists have come together for over a century to take a stand for social justice and to combat racism.

Time: Sunday, September 19 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Washington DC. "Busboys & Poets" Address: 14th & V. 2021 14th St, DC.

For more info contact Ashley Love:

Essence Magazine's "Evening of Excellence" gala in Washington DC

The most exciting party I went to during the Congressional Black Caucus week in Washington DC was the Second Annual "Evening of Excellence" gala hosted by ESSENCE Magazine and Southern Company, which honored advocates and architects of change. En Vogue (pictured above) gave an amazing performance, and have completed their 8th album, looking forward to it! Honorees of the evening were Warrick Dunn, Shelia Johnson, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete. I ran into my friend Nicey Nash (we were in the film "Guess Who" together), who was with her handsome new fiancĂ©. I’m so happy for her! The party was at the Ronald Reagan building. I saw many friends from California, from actors, politicians, media folks and philanthropists. It was a long affair, with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, live music, and then next door was the after party with drinking, food and dancing! with friend actress Nicey Nash
Rev Al Sharpton

Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney were honored for their charity work at the Essence event

Two of the "Real Housewives of DC" (Stacie Scott Turner & Paul Wharton) sat at our table at the Essence event last night!

Congressional Black Caucus' Celebration of 40 Years of Leadership Reception

On Thursday, September 16th, I went to the Library of Congress to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Celebration of 40 Years of Leadership Reception. A lot of politicians attended. There was a few speeches, and live music. Soul food and southern cuisine was served, it was super yummy! I went with my friend Denise LeClaire, who is the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Gender Education. It was a lovely time. So good to have so many black leaders in town from around the entire country.
Denise LeClaire (IFGE Exex. Director), Ashley, Brynda J Harris (Library of Congress)
what a great singer!
Ashley, Dr Babara Young (friend from California) Dr Babara Young gives great seminars about women empowerment. check out her work at
beautiful ceilings, interior and architecture