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NAACP President Ben Jealous to address opening plenary at national LGBT rights conference on Thursday, Jan. 26

Date: 
January 25, 2012

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Opening night reception includes Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake

What: National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

More than 2,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies are in Baltimore this week for the largest national convening of LGBT advocates. They are strategizing and mobilizing at the start of the critical election year.

The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is being held through Sunday, January 29.

When: Thursday, January 26
Welcoming reception 7PM
Opening plenary 8PM

Who: Welcoming reception: Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake are among the featured guests.

Opening plenary: Benjamin Jealous, NAACP president and chief executive officer, will give the keynote address.

Jealous is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. Under his leadership, the NAACP launched its LGBT Equality Task Force in 2009, a partnership with the National Black Justice Coalition. Most recently, the Baltimore NAACP chapter joined the steering committee of Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the broad and diverse coalition working to bring civil marriage equality to Maryland.

Where: Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Key Ballroom
401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md.

Why: The fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality is generating a national conversation in society and in this critical election year. Local and national social and political leaders are uniting and speaking out for LGBT rights and for our common humanity.

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