All We Need Is You

Central to NBJC’s Black LGBT Health and Wellness Initiative is a call-to-action for every member of the collective Black family to intentionally address the unique challenges that hinder health outcomes of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. NBJC is working to educate all Black Americans about how stigma around sexual orientation and gender identity within Black families directly impacts the health and wellness of Black LGBTQ/SGL people and the  disproportionate rate of HIV infections among Black gay and bisexual men and transgender women.

#AllWeNeedIsYOU is the official hashtag for the awareness campaign of the Initiative, highlighting the importance of the involvement of Black families and support networks to empower Black LGBTQ/SGL people to take hold of their health,  including ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As  data from UCLA’s Williams Institute reports, Black LGBTQ/SGL individuals live, for the most part, where other Black Americans—not other members of the LGBT community—live, which is why it is imperative to advance the notion that every person within Black communities must play a role in the collective  eliminating this epidemic and other health disparities impacting our communities.

In the months and years ahead, NBJC plans to use #AllWeNeedIsYOU to promote programming purposed with removing stigma and inequalities of Black LGBTQ/SGL people. Homophobia and the anti-LGBT oppression it engenders have severely limited the extent to which LGBT communities of color lead open, authentic lives. To counter this reality, NBJC plans to deepen its focus on overcoming societal and community barriers by confronting discrimination within the family to foster broader respect and dignity for LGBTQ/SGL people.  Join us on social media utilizing this hashtag to start the conversation on what Black empowerment looks like when we embrace and affirm all of who we are as a people. #AllWeNeedIsYOU to build a Black family that provides space and resources to ensure we all are health and whole!

Read NBJC’s 2015 World AIDS Day Message: All We Need Is YOU!