The NBJC Blog

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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Please join NBJC as we travel across the country and celebrate an authentic and illuminating depiction of the tension, triumphs and victories that take place at the intersection of religious beliefs and civil rights with the launch of the documentary film, The New Black.

 

The New Black is a provocative new documentary film that powerfully illustrates the story of how the African-American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.

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The National Black Justice Coalition is pleased to announce that it has selected Derrick L. McMahon Jr. as its newest Senior Fellow. As a Senior Fellow, he will bring a wealth of cutting-edge communication and organizing skills in support of NBJC’s key programming and policy initiatives.

“I am delighted to welcome Derrick aboard as the newest addition to our team,” says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition. “His maverick brand of social media activism has accumulated a following of over 10,000 people and garnered praise for holding public figures accountable for harmful speech against the LGBT community. Through his communications savvy and social justice consciousness, Derrick has maximized the potential that social media activism and engagement offers to the Black LGBT movement.”

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I became a donor after attending NBJC’s Emerging Leaders Briefing during the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference in Atlanta, GA earlier this year. It was there where I had the opportunity to meet the NBJC staff and knew that I wanted to be an Emerging Leader.  Allow me to be clear, I am not an employee of NBJC nor is my story scripted, I just really love and admire the work that NBJC does, and all that it will do in the future for my community. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition is seeking dynamic candidates for its Development and Operations Manager position.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America’s leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBT equality.

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