The NBJC Blog

By Sean A. Watkins

Today, I saw a magazine cover targeted to the LGBTQ community (this time, it was specifically towards the men having sex with men spectrum), and there was one very obvious thing to me: there were no men of colour. 

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Starting today, NBJC will embark upon a vigorous empowerment campaign to highlight the defining moments of our movement and rally our constituents to provide the support it needs to continue fighting for equity and equality on behalf of the Black LGBTQ/SGL community. The launch of the Emancipation Campaign is our way of breaking free from the sole reliance of foundations and turning to our community for uplift and self-sufficiency.

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This year marks the 18th year of play for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In an effort to celebrate inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) bias, the WNBA will be the first professional sports league to establish an integrated marketing, media, grassroots and social responsibility program for the LGBTQ community, including a new special site- WNBA.com/pride

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On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League by the St. Louis Rams. By proclaiming his truth, Sam has broken down a huge barrier for not only Black LGBT athletes who dream of playing professional sports, but all LGBT people, young and old, who seek to live openly, honestly and safely in their neighborhoods and communities.

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In honor of National Coming Out Day, NBJC Executive Director & CEO Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks pens a powerful piece for EBONY.com on the Black family and important role of allies in the fight for freedom and equality for all Black people.

It's impossible for me to talk about the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality without talking about Black people and without talking about family...

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Did you know that there's a World AIDS Day every year? Of course you did. You knew that it's held on December 1st each year. You knew that it's also to support those with HIV and honor those who have lost their battle with the virus. And that it helps raise awareness of the disease. But did you know that there are other days set aside in the US for certain populations to help bring them into the spotlight?

In 2008, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men while motivating individuals to get tested and attain services.

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The Berkeley City Council is set to vote on a proposal to close the city's domestic partner registry, now that same-sex marriage is allowed in California.

Gay District 2 Councilman Darryl Moore has placed a resolution on the council's October 1 agenda that would direct the city manager to close the registry October 11, which marks the 22nd anniversary of the system's launch. Moore is also proposing to declare October 11 Marriage Equality Day. (It's also National Coming Out Day.)

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J. Robby Gregg, Jr., has been named Chief Operating Officer of the  National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). Headquartered in Washington, DC, NBJC is the leading civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,and ending racism and homophobia. Gregg is the former Associate Director of Equality and Diversity Partnerships with Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) National.

Gregg is a nationally recognized diversity expert known for his ability to build and sustain impactful business relationships with relevant stakeholders at all levels. He has a core expertise in designing and executing multi-platform diversity strategies in the areas of organizational management, human resources, communication, marketing, and corporate responsibility.

 

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We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin’s family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.

Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.

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In a moving guest blog post, NBJC Emerging Leader Isaiah Wilson shares his experience of getting tested for HIV, and how it has changed his life for the better.

An Open Letter: You Will Be Better For Knowing Your Truth

2013 started as one of the most unclear years of my life. I found myself unemployed, living at home with my parents, and quite unfulfilled with the grind of my twenties. As someone who prides himself on always having a plan and meeting pragmatic goals, I, for the first time in my adult life, felt a sense of hopelessness in my mind and spirit.

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