Buffalo's poetry community will come together for an LGBTQ Poetry Slam at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.).
“One in every three LGBTQ teenagers considers or attempts suicide,” said event emcee Michael Manning in a statement. “More than one in three homeless children is LGBTQ and was put out on the street by their families on account of how they identify. This is deplorable.
"The proceeds from this event are being donated to local gay organizations in hopes that through the networks in place that exist to help LGBTQ people, we might affect change."
Presented by Pure Ink Poetry and DJ Sike, the slam will feature inspiring words from a cast of local poets including Manning, Brandon Williamson, Bianca L. McGraw, Marek Parker, David Butler, Al Montgomery, Jonathan Herr, Seth Tyler Black and Jazz the Ripper.
“The event aims to help LGBTQ people in the city of Buffalo by sharing common struggles, hopes, and dreams through poetry...with the aim overall to hedge a few very frightening statistics,” Manning added.
Admission is $5 with all proceeds donated to the Pride Center of WNY. Further event details can be found here.