05/26/2017 08:24 am ET

Why Aren't There More Events Catering to L.A.'s Black LGBTQ Community?

“We have become a gay mecca for a lot of people of color,” says Sean/Milan, the social enterprise program manager for REACH LA. “It’s a place where people can go and be safe and be themselves.”

This Saturday, May 27, REACH LA (Realistic Education in Action Coalition to Foster Health), an organization which provides young LGBT people of color with social and sexual health services, as well artistic outlets, will expand its sphere of sanctuary with the inaugural Miss Slay L.A. pageant in Boyle Heights. This nascent drag competition serves as a showcase for aspiring queer talent.

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