The NBJC Blog

Liberation for Black folks must start with a focus on the issues that hinder the most marginalized in our community. Fueled by movements like #BlackLivesMatter, there is a new generation of freedom fighters that are shifting the conversation—Black millennials. This has led the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, to continue to empower young professionals and emerging leaders, including ourselves. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). On this solemn day we honor the lives of our transgender and gender non-conforming (trans*) family 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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To My Young Transgender Sisters,

 

I honor those we have lost and those elders in the community who have paved the way for all transgender people.  As a transgender woman who has been blessed to see 57 years of life, I send a message of hope and love to all young transgender women of color. On this day that reminds us all of how fragile and tragic life can be for folks like us who live our truth unapologetically, I call on you to love yourself with no limits or constraints.  Despite what society, religion or even your family may say—you are right to exist and authenticity has NEVER been a sin.

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Today, April 10, 2015, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins with the nation to recognize National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), which is an annual observance to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people as well as highlight the inspiring work young people are doing across the country to fight the epidemic. Young people today are the first generation to have never known a world without HIV/AIDS. In the United States alone, one in four new HIV cases are among youth, ages 13 to 24. Every month, 1,000 young people acquire HIV, and more than 70,000 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. Most new HIV cases in youth (about 70 percent) occur in gay and bisexual males; most are African American.

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Today, March 7, 2015, President Obama will lead the nation and world in commemorating the50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The horrific events of "Bloody Sunday" and the courageous movement work of countless individuals risking and giving their lives propelled the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. This legislative victory in the Civil Rights Movement was a vital part of progress that increased the participation of Black voters in American elections and the number of Black elected officials on all levels of government.

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Please join us in Washington, D.C. or at one of the marches around the country this Saturday, December 13, as we stand in solidarity with thousands of community members, activists, and organizations to march against police violence and demand racial justice.

In Washington, D.C., the National Action Network has organized the National March Against Police Violence, which begins in Freedom Plaza at noon. Faith leaders, community members, regional activists, and national organizations will all begin meeting at 10:30am to prepare to march alongside the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley.  

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Today, NBJC joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Annually on this day, we pause to honor the lives of transgender individuals who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate violence. We remember our transgender and gender nonconforming family whose deaths often go unspoken and are not properly covered by mainstream media. We recognize that hate and biased violence permeates the lives of many transgender people, especially transgender women of color. According to a 2014 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), 72 percent of LGBTQ homicide victims in 2013 were transgender women and 89 percent of those victims were people of color.

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Politics isn't always pretty. In fact, it can get downright nasty. When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross.

Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism. 

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For almost five decades, I have marched, mobilized, and advocated on behalf of my Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and same-gender-loving (SGL) community. As a southern Black lesbian and a social justice activist, I have witnessed, firsthand, how Black LGBT/SGL people are too often left out of our national agenda, and I have worked tirelessly to carve out a significant space to address our needs. In 2003, I co-founded the National Black Justice Coalition when the radical right was exploiting African American religious and civil rights leaders to oppose marriage equality. 

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