HIV/AIDS

The State of Black LGBT in Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show. The program offers an LGBT perspective on an array of topics. 

In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show.

Taking the Lead: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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This year marks the 13th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  (NBHAAD), an HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS. In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) highlights the importance of fostering Black LGBT leadership at the forefront of our fight against the epidemic, especially that of Black LGBT youth and Black transgender women.

This year marks the 13th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  (NBHAAD), an HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS.

EVENT: Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day, Feb. 21-22, 2013

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The National Black Justice Coalition, in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is pleased to host the 2013 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day in Washington, DC. Select events will take place on February 21-22, 2013. Participants will hear about President Obama’s commitment to equal rights for all Americans and the important steps his Administration has taken to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for black and LGBT Americans.

 

NBJC Commemorates World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day. Held on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.  An estimated 33.4 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS and more than 25 million people have died since 1981.  The 2012 theme for World AIDS Day is "Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation." As NBJC recognizes World AIDS Day and the tremendous progress that has been made in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS, it is important to mark the milestones and bring continued awareness to the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS has had in our community, particularly among Black gay and bisexual men and transgender women.

Today is World AIDS Day.

Moving Beyond Stigma

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HIV/AIDS isn’t the only health crisis facing black Americans, who also have higher rates of diseases such as diabetes and sickle-cell anemia. But understanding the real reasons for why new infections have risen dramatically has proved duly challenging. Far too often, experts and advocates say, the media have been obsessed with the “down-low” phenomenon and the false assumptions that come with it rather than concerned with how factors such as poverty and access to health care fuel the epidemic.
The Advocate recently spoke with leading experts on HIV/AIDS about how it affects African-Americans, and what both the administration and the LGBT community need to consider in order to successfully fight the disease and the stigma it sows.

NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks was part of a roundtable which included Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, A. Cornelius Baker and Hutson W. Inniss to discuss HIV/AIDS issues in our communities.  The article, excerpted below, is available in full at advocate.com.

Shattering the Silence Around HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

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by Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Huffington Post

Sharon Lettman-HicksToday marks the 12th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which features public events that offer testing and prevention techniques throughout the U.S. This year's theme is "I am my Brother/Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS." This national day of community education and empowerment began as a means of engaging African Americans about the epidemic spread of HIV within our families and neighborhoods. While we have made great strides, the numbers are staggering and it remains clear that our most vulnerable -- youth, straight women, and gay/bisexual men -- need additional support networks to prevent the spread of HIV through education and testing.

by Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Huffington Post