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National and local African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders have joined forces to support the Millions More Movement’s call to act on behalf of the whole of our people.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the DC Coalition of Black Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (DC Coalition) formed the “We Are Family Unity Weekend” (an ad hoc coalition of local and national Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations) to ensure full representation of openly LGBT people in the Millions More Movement—10th Anniversary Commemoration of the Million Man March.

The Millions More Movement is expected to exceed the estimated 1.2 million who attended the Million Man March in 1995. This year’s movement will involve men, women and children and is designed to bring together all of the diverse segments of the Black community. The goal is to create a united campaign to reinvigorate efforts to lift up dispossessed communities and develop a collective framework to respond to the continuing economic, social, political, educational, health, financial and cultural disparities affecting millions of Black men, women, children and our families.

Despite an initial promise of inclusion the Millions More Movement has failed to meaningfully include Black LGBT communities in any aspect of the planning process for the March.  After months of unreturned communications, in September 2005, NBJC accepted an invitation to join the Millions More Movement as co-conveners offered by Minister Louis Farrakhan.  At that time its leaders requested inclusion on the executive steering committee and insisted that the October 15, 2005 rally on the National Mall include an openly gay and an openly lesbian speaker. To date, neither demand has been met.

The DC Coalition has been meeting since March and over 700 people have attended to plan activities around the weekend of the March. Despite numerous pleas to the local, regional and national leadership of the Millions More Movement, the DC Coalition has not been designated as a local organizing committee nor have any official representatives of the national movement attended its meetings.

There will be a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on October 11, 2005