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#GivingTuesday: Why I #GIVE2NBJC and So Should You

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Most recently, NBJC has launched the Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative, an intentional effort to create more programs and sponsorship opportunities dedicated to empowering and mobilizing young Black LGBT leaders between the ages of 18 and 30.  This sense of responsibility has led me to spearhead a signature initiative for NBJC by spreading the word about the importance of giving back on Giving Tuesday, November 27, and beyond.  Giving Tuesday is a national campaign with hundreds of charities, organizations and non-profits purposed to celebrate and encourage more giving during the holiday season.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — President Barack Obama.

We Won't Solve Problems Confronting Our Community Without a Group Effort

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One sunny afternoon last week, Darnell "Dynasty" Young, fresh from a wardrobe change that involved black tights and a tight red top, told a crowd of supporters at American Legion Mall that he was dedicating his rally to "all of the bullied kids" who felt so alone that they killed themselves.
Darnell could've easily become one of those kids without the support of his mother and twin brother.
Hearing his words, dozens of mostly gay and white people cheered and waved rainbow flags.
Dynasty burst into tears.
Skinny, effeminate and sporting a mohawk, 17-year-old Dynasty is a bullied kid. His story is as sad and as unjust as any child's who is bullied for being somehow different from the norm.
But Dynasty isn't just any bullied kid. He's a gay bullied kid. He's a kid who gets beat up because he's gay, carries purses and wears his mom's jewelry.

One sunny afternoon last week, Darnell "Dynasty" Young, fresh from a wardrobe change that involved black tights and a tight red top, told a crowd of supporters at American Legion Mall that he was dedicating his rally to "all of the bullied kids" who felt so alone that they killed themselves.

Darnell could've easily become one of those kids without the support of his mother and twin brother.

Hearing his words, dozens of mostly gay and white people cheered and waved rainbow flags.

Dynasty burst into tears.

Bullied Black Gay Teen Facing Explusion

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Don Lemon talks to teen "Dynasty" Young, who's facing expulsion after bringing a stun gun to school to ward off bullies. Dynasty's mother, Chelisa Grimes, stands in full support of her gay son.  According to a report conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), more than 80% of LGBT students of color reported hearing the word “gay” used in a negative way, such as the expressions “that’s so gay” or “you’re so gay,” often or frequently in school. Approximately one quarter of African American (22%) students like Dynasty had missed at least one full day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.

Don Lemon talks to teen "Dynasty" Young, who's facing expulsion after bringing a stun gun to school to ward off bullies. Dynasty's mother, Chelisa Grimes, stands in full support of her gay son.

Roland Martin Insists He’s Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

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CNN’s Roland Martin offered what he called “final thoughts” last night on the uproar over his controversial tweets during the Super Bowl. Both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said Martin promoted violence against gays.

On Sunday Martin tweeted: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl” and “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass”

CNN’s Roland Martin offered what he called “final thoughts” last night on the uproar over his controversial tweets during the Super Bowl. Both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said Martin promoted violence against gays.

FAMU Students Rally for Justice for Robert Champion Jr.

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In response to the recent hazing death of gay Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major Robert Champion Jr., the school’s LGBT Pride Student Union spoke out about the lack of LGBT-inclusion on campus. In an op-ed that ran today in the Tallahassee Democrat, the student organization wrote: “FAMU is many great things. But one thing FAMU is not, is inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.”

In response to the recent hazing death of gay Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major Robert Champion Jr., the school’s LGBT Pride Student Union spoke out about the lack of LGBT-inclusion on campus.