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Epiphany at the Zebra Lounge Williams's company founded Rustin's Place in 2008, and in 2013, moved it to its current location at 1114 N. The center serves up to 500 people a year, mostly gay, black men between the ages of 18 and 29.The organization offers health screenings for HIV/AIDS and STDS, and chance to bond with others during movies nights and Soul Food Sunday potlucks.A spokesman for Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops said the company had not yet reviewed the lawsuit and could not immediately comment.The Missouri Attorney General's Office released statistics today in accordance with the state's racial profiling law, and a group of local police chiefs and community activists are calling for changes to the way the data is collected and used.Being at the clubs was fun but there was another side.Many gay bars seemed off-limits to black men, at least most of the time.
Among them was Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man who worked side-by-side with the Rev. The civil rights strategist who died in 1987 is honored every day at a little storefront in St.Louis’ Vandeventer neighborhood, called Rustin’s Place. It’s a drop-in center that largely serves LGBTQ people, particularly gay African-American men. Louisan Erise Williams and his company, Williams and Associates, founded Rustin’s Place, with a focus on HIV prevention and testing and other services. “This drop-in center is really part of an intervention …and it’s a core part of it, where we’re trying to empower, particularly, young, black, gay men,” Williams said.Despite the elevated search rates, Hispanics were less likely than white drivers to be found with contraband subsequent to being searched.
While the “contraband hit rate” for white drivers was 24.42, the rate of Hispanics searched and found to have contraband was 13.51.“And I think, because of that myth, that’s probably why we weren’t as proactive as we probably could have been and save a lot more lives, had we been,” he said.For 12 years, Williams worked with a group called Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, writing grant proposals and speaking to African-Americana about HIV/AIDS.“Clubs like Magnolias and Knights, they would have quote-unquote ‘Urban Nights,’ and that was just a code word for ‘Black Nights,’” Williams said.