The Third Annual ‘Old Skool BBQ’ has been announced!

Now one of the summers most anticipated events for Los Angeles’ Black gay community, the 3rd Annual ‘Old Skool’ Barbeque will take place Sunday, August 24, 2008 from noon until 10 p.m. at 4012 Halldale Avenue in Los Angeles. This year’s event will benefit Los Angeles’ Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community by donating all of the proceeds to an upcoming town hall meeting on the state of ‘Black Gay Los Angeles.’ Community honorees this year include: Carrie Broadus, executive director of Women Alive, a Los Angeles based coalition of, by and for women living with HIV/AIDS; Wendell Carmichael, President of At the Beach (ATB) Los Angeles Black Gay Pride, La Verne “Mother Rose,” longtime transgender community activist; Cleo Manago, founder of AmASSI, a non-profit, community based health, wellness and cultural affirmation center; Vinessa Romain, board chair of Long Beach Gay Pride; Rev. Russell Thornhill a pastor at Unity Fellowship Church and noted lecturer and counselor; and community activist Alton Miranda (posthumous). In addition, this year’s event will feature spoken word performances, dominoes and spades tournaments, the best in east coast classic house dance music, and a ‘Best Old Skool Drag Show’ Contest (6 p.m.) with a top prize of $200. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 at the door. For more information, please call (323) 919-7522 or email

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