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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is excited to announce the latest installment in its ongoing collaboration with Cartoon Network. On Monday, December 14, Cartoon Network released a comic strip highlighting the power and importance of respecting gender identity through the use of gender pronouns. 

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WASHINGTON, DC — The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Asia Jynaé Foster.
Asia Jynaé Foster, a 22-year-old Black trans woman was found dead due to multiple gunshot wounds in Houston, Texas on Friday, November 20. She was a client of Montrose Grace Place, a drop-in shelter for unhoused LGBTQ+ youth. They memorialized her on their Facebook page saying she was outgoing and funny. A candlelight vigil was held in Asia’s honor on Sunday. 

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WASHINGTON, DC — Tomorrow, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance - a day to honor our trans family who have lost their lives to acts of anti-transgender violence. It’s also Transgender Day of Resilience - a day when we celebrate and support the brilliance, resistance, and importance of our trans sibilings who are alive.

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WASHINGTON, DC — This week, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced two new senior level hires, Victoria Kirby York, MPA, and Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond. Their leadership and experience will further drive the organization's mission to empower members of the LGBTQ/SGL community; combat racism, transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia; end stigma and provide education around what it means to live with HIV; and address issues specific to people living at the intersection of being queer and Black.

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Angel Unique, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee, on October 25. She was found dead at a Motel 6 in the Memphis Whitehaven neighborhood, where she stayed overnight. Angel was a cosmetologist and would have celebrated her 26 birthday this December.

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WASHINGTON, DC —Today, on Spirit Day, an annual date to combat bullying disproportionately faced by TQNB+ people, members of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council (YYAAC) released the following statements

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WASHINGTON, DC —The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Felycya Harris and the stabbing of Daniela Hernandez, who survived.
Felycya Harris, a 33-year-old Black transgender woman was found dead from a gunshot wound in Meadowbrook Park in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, October 3. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. Harris was an interior decorating entrepreneur.  She enjoyed making others feel comfortable in their own space. Friends and family mourn her life and legacy.  Felycya’s friend Ricola Collier said “everybody’s going to remember Felycya. That laugh. The smiles. The talks. The arguments. That attitude… Nobody would ever forget who that is.”

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, on National Coming Out Day, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement: “National Coming Out day has historically been used to encourage queer people to tell others that we aren’t heterosexual, or cisgender,” said David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). “While today has served as a helpful landmark for many, we must expand our understanding of what “coming out” means — and create space for queer and trans people to instead “invite in” our loved ones. 

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WASHINGTON, DC —The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is devastated to learn that Monica Roberts - activist, journalist, auntie, and inspiration - gained her wings on October 5.
Roberts was a trailblazer, creating the award-winning blog TransGriot, which chronicled trans community accomplishments, hardships, and histories when no one else did. She pushed for media competency in the coverage of trans people, addressed head-on the media misgendering of trans victims, and called on all of us to end the epidemic of violence that trans women of color face.

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WASHINGTON, DC —The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Mia Green and Kee Sam, two Black transgender women who were killed recently. 

Kee Sam, a 24-year-old Black trans woman was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound in a hotel room in Lafayette, Louisiana on August 12, 2020. She died as a result of her injuries the following day. There is an active investigation into her death. A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting. Friends are remembering Sam on her Instagram where expressions of disbelief and enduring love have been memorialized. 

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