Boston Lesbians of Color Hold Roaring ’20s Party

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Monday Dec 23, 2013
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Keynote speaker LaShay Harvey, second from left, and the LOCSC crew
Keynote speaker LaShay Harvey, second from left, and the LOCSC crew  (Source:Courtesy of LOCSC)

Boston’s Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCSC) Collective, Inc. announces their inaugural winter fundraiser the "Roaring 20’s Vanity Fair," to be held on Saturday, December 28 at the W Hotel in Boston. This 1920s-themed cocktail reception will include a silent auction and an award presentation, all to benefit The Lupus Foundation of New England and the LOCSC’s programs and events.

"We wanted to host an annual event to celebrate and reflect on the past year," said LOCSC Founder Shaunya Thomas. "It’s an opportunity to acknowledge and honor each other and our achievements. The Roaring 1920’s theme is an additional bonus; it gives the evening an extraordinary flair while raising funds for a charitable organization."

The keynote event at the LOCSC Inaugural Vanity Fair will be LaShay Harvey, M.Ed., a Georgia sexologist who is completing her PhD in Human Sexuality, focusing on the intersections of sexual choice, sexual freedom, diversity and inclusion and orientation development in the African-American community.


LOCSC will present Hope Freeman with their Queer of Influence award  (Source:Courtesy of LOCSC)

"I have had the pleasure of watching LOCSC grow from a simple idea into a major community force that recognizes the need for collective organization," Harvey told EDGE. "The need for collective community organization, particularly around the intersections of minority identities, is evident by the shift in energy that can be felt all over this country. From reproductive justice, to food justice, to economic empowerment, LOCSC has given the famous edict by Fannie Lou Hamer, ’I am sick and tired of being sick and tired’ fresh power by waking up the people of Boston."

In addition to Harvey, the event will feature music from DJ Lady Spindrift. LOCSC Collective, Inc. will also present the first-ever Queer of Influence award to Hope Freeman of the Justice Resources Institute/Boston Gay Lesbian Adolescent Social Services.

"It’s our pleasure to present the award to Hope for her tireless work promoting change and social justice for the LGBTQ community," said Thomas.

LOCSC hopes that the event will raise $3,000 for their programs and for The Lupus Foundation of New England, who will receive 40 percent of the proceeds.

"We selected the Lupus Foundation of New England to assist with finding a cure and to support those impacted by lupus," said Thomas. "The remaining proceeds will be used to support our 3rd Annual Lesbian of Color Symposium, which will be held on March 1-2, 2014 at Harvard Law School."


LOCSC co founder Tikesha Morgan, co-founder Shaunya Thomas, Fenway Women’s Health Jennifer Foster and Catherine Basham, co-founder LaTeisha "TJ" Johnson  (Source:Courtesy of LOCSC)

By investing in the work LOCSC does via this inaugural ball, you can help support lesbian women of color in their programs and services.

"LOCSC Collective, Inc. was created out of a need to re-energize the lesbian community of color in Boston, but they have taken this need and re-energized lesbians and queer people of color from all over," said Harvey. "They have more than earned their keep, they have earned their rightful place in a community that has been in need for far too long, and I am so very honored to work in concert with them on all their efforts!"

The Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCSC) Collective Inc. is a non-profit community organization founded in 2012, dedicated to the service and support of the LBTQ identified women of color and our allies. They provide community and cultivate resources through advocacy, education, programming and networking.

Proper dress is required for the event; hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.


LOCSC "Roaring 20’s Vanity Fair" will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the W Boston, 100 Stuart Street, Mezzanine, Studios 4 & 5 in Boston, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.locscollective.org/#!vanityfair/ct0n

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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