Yesterday, eight coworkers from the advocacy group Bienestar Human Services were forcefully dragged out of the bar Las Perlas in Los Angeles after being harrassed by a couple using transphobic and homophobic slurs. The couple was allowed to leave the bar without incident, but the eight coworkers were forcefully removed without apparent cause.

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On Thursday, August 15th Sephora announced the launch of the We Belong: Color Up Close campaign, recognizing their commitment to build a community where diversity is expected and all are welcomed.  The campaign also encourages more conversations on inclusion. To strive for sustained inclusion and diversity, the campaign commits to support immediate internal improvements to positively impact the industry at-large. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is soliciting applications from interested interns and fellows desiring to learn about and lead in the movement to improve the lives of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and same gender loving (SGL) people. The internship/fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to students, and young and emerging professionals, interested in civil rights and LGBTQ equality to explore the unique intersections between and among these related efforts.

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WASHINGTON -- On July 23, 2019 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, voted unanimously on 3 pro-LGBTQ resolutions with far reaching impact on their 2,000+ units/chapters across the country. The NAACP was a champion for marriage equality and remains a strong advocate for the Equality Act and is now taking action to do deeper work with their units and chapters to invoke change locally. 

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WASHINGTON--On June 24th, Avary Palmer, a Black trans man, was drugged and raped by a United States Marshall. Palmer shared his experience via Instagram. In response to the horrific incident, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns released the following statement:
“Violence against Black people, Black trans people must come to an end. Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community; however lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexual people. We do not have an exact count of the frequency with which Black trans people have been sexually assaulted because federal statistics are limited and we know that there is significant under-reporting. We do know that these violent acts disproportionately plague Black LGBTQ/SGL people and the hate filled rhetoric attacking diversity and difference coming from the White House is multiplying prejudice. 

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