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Coalition Brings Together LGBT, Faith and Labor Groups

On Saturday, September 18, the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community sponsored a groundbreaking forum that brought together LGBT groups, faith leaders and workers from all over Long Beach. “Breaking Stereotypes Through Economic Justice” was a meaningful discussion between panelists and audience members about shared forms of discrimination and how to overcome them.

The panelists who spoke were Torie Osborn, Former Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Tom Walsh, President, Unite Here Local 11, John Cleary, Founder, Stonewall Young Democrats, Jean Paul Schumacher, Former President, Barangay, Rev. Jerald Stinson, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Long Beach, Long Beach Hilton hotel worker Debbie Pacheco and Dr. Carrie Rickard, Board Member, Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center.

The  forum examined the shared discrimination faced by seemingly disparate members of the Long Beach community, bringing LGBT and labor groups closer together in an effort to find ways to end the problems each community faces.

“Breaking Stereotypes Through Economic Justice” was co-sponsored by the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, API Equality, The Center of Long Beach, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, the Courage Campaign, Equality California, the Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Long Beach Lambda Democrats, Long Beach Equality, SiGAW, UAW 2865, UAW 4123, Marriage Equality LA, Unite Here Local 11 and the Stonewall Democrats of LA.