Washington, D.C.-- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization, strongly condemns the so-called “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Under this anti-gay law, anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts in Uganda will be sentenced to life in prison. The bill also proposes years in prison for anyone who counsels or reaches out to gay and lesbian Ugandans, a provision that would dangerously complicate humanitarian work and implicate those providing services to Uganda’s LGBT community.

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On the evening of Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer heard us all loud and clear and vetoed Senate Bill 1062! On Monday the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce join forces with fellow organizations from the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), including the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Justice Coalition, and United States Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work, in sending a strong letter to the Governor demanding the veto and calling on our collective affiliates, corporate partners, and small businesses to follow suit. We asked, you listened and our collective voice was heard!

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NEW YORK, NY(February 12, 2014) – With the announcement that Michael Sam, the University of Missouri’s star defensive end, has made history by publicly coming out as the first high profile openly gay NFL prospect, Athlete Ally launched an online campaign to mobilize support for Sam. The campaign, launched yesterday by Brendon Ayanbadejo as a reaction to backlash against Sam, is now joined by the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. 

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Washington, DC – February 10, 2014 – Michael Sam, University of Missouri’s All-American defensive lineman and the 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year, has made history by owning his truth and proclaiming to the world that he is an “openly gay, proud man.” Sam, at 6 foot 2 and 260 pounds, ended his senior season with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss of yards. He is likely to be a major factor in May’s National Football League (NFL) draft, where he is expected to go in the early rounds with a possible position switch to outside linebacker. If drafted, Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Washington, D.C. – February 7, 2014 – I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper. That’s the theme of the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and we want you to take this call seriously. 
African Americans are disproportionately represented in new infection rates of HIV and often have few resources to treat the virus when they learn they have the virus. Even people in the Black LGBT community face stigma and isolation if they come out about their status. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in an effort to highlight the importance of Black LGBT leadership at the forefront of our fight against the epidemic, if we ever hope to see an AIDS-free generation. 

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