Today, 50 LGBTQ and allied organizations (listed below) released the following statement to demand a thorough investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office of the second death of a Black man at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a prominent political donor, within two years.

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WASHINGTON, DC-- This week, another young Black man died in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor who was previously investigated after another Black man, Gemmel Moore, died from a drug overdose at Buck’s home in 2017. Both deaths led to protests over the handling of the investigation and Buck, who was never charged. In response to the news of a second victim, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the following statement:

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"We recognize those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and acknowledge the work still required to end the epidemic. Today, given scientific, medical, and social advancements no one has to die as a result of HIV/AIDS.  Ending the epidemic in our lifetime is not a question of resources but a question of will. Will we fight to ensure that those most neglected and ignored receive the health care and legal protections we all need to thrive?

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As the world recognizes Transgender Awareness Week this month and International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on November 20, NBJC continues to commit to building a coalition of organizations and individuals working to eradicate the epidemic of violence that haunts the lives of transgender people, especially transgender and gender non-binary people. Specifically during Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the lives of our transgender and gender non-binary family members who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate violence, and also call upon allies to step up and stand in solidarity.

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WASHINGTON -- In honor of Transgender Awareness Week ending Nov. 17, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls (CCBWG) released statements calling for the end of gender-based violence and the rising epidemic of discrimination, abuse and violence against Black Transgender and LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving people, especially Black Trans Women.
Congressional partners, including Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) joined NBCJ Executive Director David J. Johns, and Londyn de Richelieu, a member of the NBJC Black Transgender Advisory Council to raise awareness and called on other high-profile, Civil Rights and progressive leaders and organizations to join the fight to protect Black transgender people, women, and girls and to:  

  • Recognize anti-transgender violence and gender-based violence;
  • Support justice for crimes committed against Black transgender and gender-nonconforming people; and
  • Act to stop the epidemic of gender-based violence against Black transgender women and gender non-binary Black people.
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