Albany organization creates safe space for LGBTQ people of color

[anvplayer video=”5091691″ station=”998132″]

There’s an organization in Albany promoting the health and well-being of LGBT people of color in upstate New York.

Phil Burse, chief operating officer of In Our Own Voices, stopped by the NewsChannel 13 studio Wednesday morning to highlight trailblazers within the LGBT community.

Burse recognized Bayard Rustin, an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.

He also highlighted Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender rights activist who founded a shelter for homeless gay and trans youth in 1970.

Burse ended with giving praise to one of our own in the Capital Region, Barbara Smith.

"Right in our backyard," Burse said. "Activist, feminist, intersectional feminist, making sure the voices of black women and people of color were included in the conversation."

If you’re interested in connecting with In Our Own Voices, you can give the organization a call at 518-432-4188.

Click here to read about more Black LGBTQ trailblazers who made history.