JusticeAid Fall Public Forum

Free and open to all!  |  Sunday, September 18, 2022, 4 PM  |  The Riverside Church of New York  

These are perilous times for people who identify as LGBTQ. Twenty-three states have signed anti-LGBTQ bills into law so far in 2022. For people who identify as queer and trans, and especially for children and youth, discrimination is setting in motion an arc of intolerance that can cause depression, anxiety, and isolation from their families, schoolmates, and society at large. LGBTQ youth are 4x more likely to experience homelessness and attempt suicide than their non-LGBTQ peers, and are targeted and punished in the criminal legal system because of their identity and sexual orientation.

How can we push back against this hate?

Join us to learn the issues confronting the LGBTQ community. Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist/media creator and LGBTQ activist, Imara Jones, will set the stage for a panel discussion, Freedom to Be Queer. The Resistance Revival Chorus and jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker will perform and help us celebrate openness, acceptance, and tolerance. The forum is free and open to the public. Please RSVP.


We are thrilled to forge our fourth partnership with the historic Riverside Church, an interdenominational, interracial, and international congregation in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. A focal point of global and national activism since its inception, The Riverside Church has a long history of social justice. 

The Mission and Social Justice Commission seeks to transform individuals, communities, and systems of racial, economic, social, and environmental oppression. It encompasses 16 ministries, including Maranatha, which seeks to foster greater understanding and equity for LGBTQIA people and their allies. Other ministries include: The Lift Every Voice & Vote Ministry, The Prison Ministry, Sojourners Working with Individuals in Detention Centers, the Latino Ministry, and Black Lives Matters, among others.

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood. Learn more about SMYAL here.

JusticeAid invites you to enjoy an intimate evening with Nashville-based pianist and vocalist, Kandace Springs. 100% of ticket sales and sponsorships will provide unrestricted funds for JusticeAid’s 2022 grantee partner, SMYAL (Supporting Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders).

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