When last I left off, there was a town hall meeting scheduled in Los Angeles, by the “board” of ULOAH. I say “board” of ULOAH because like the Palestine’s and the Jews, there are two factions claiming to be the board of ULOAH and neither side wants to recognize the other.
Now I will say before I go any further that we were asked to not discuss the details of the meeting outside of the group, but after much consideration, over two dozen email inquiries, and the realization that if the meeting organizers were that interested in keeping it a secret then they wouldn’t have let everyone walk away from the meeting with a printed copy of their version of the story, I have decided to share a bit of what I know. After all, it’s only fair considering that some of you couldn’t attend the meeting because you don’t even live in Los Angeles.
With that said, I arrived at Jewel’s Catch One where the meeting was scheduled to take place. However, unbeknownst to us, the meeting had been moved to another location. The reason why is still up in the air. Nevertheless, most of weren’t notified of this change of venue until after we had trekked over to the Catch.
All in all about forty to fifty women attended the meeting, and I have to say, I hadn’t seen that many Black lesbians in one place, outside of the club all year.
The meeting basically consisted of ULOAH Board #1 telling us what ULOAH Board #2 did to create the current situation. I felt a little uncomfortable about this because there was no one from Board #2 at the meeting. There was a lot of back and forth between the community and Board #1. A lot of questions that were mostly about how it got this bad and why.
In regards to Sistahfest, it was made clear that those who paid for Sistahfest would get their money back. Since I received an enormous amount of emails regarding refunds, I will tell you the best thing to do is to email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. One email address is for Board #1 who I believe received all of the mailed in registrations and the other email addresses belongs to Board #2 who received all of the online registrations. Between the two, you should be able to get a response.
Another community meeting is scheduled for this Sunday in Los Angeles at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village @ Ed Gould Plaza at 2 p.m. I won’t be there for two reasons. One, there’s nothing I feel that anyone in the community can do until the two Boards come together and rectify the business and legal issues facing them. Second, a group of us are hosting the first Black LGBT political fundraiser for the 2006 Black Caucus nominees at the exact same time. Bummer. Seems like we’re always going up against each other.
I won’t be there for two reasons. One, there’s nothing I feel that anyone in the community can do until the two Boards come together and rectify the business and legal issues facing them. Second, a group of us are hosting the first Black LGBT political fundraiser for the 2006 Black Caucus nominees at the exact same time. Bummer. Seems like we’re always going up against each other.
At any rate, that’s the best I can do for now without going into extreme details and quite frankly, I just don’t feel like it. For me, all I can see is that Black lesbians lost yet another opportunity to fellowship with one another.
If you want further details, I suggest you contact ULOAH directly.
Board #1 – email@example.com
Board #2 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Was that diplomatic enough?