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NBJC Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). On this solemn day we honor the lives of our transgender and gender non-conforming (trans*) family who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate violence, and also call upon allies to step up and stand in solidarity.

In 2014, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), transgender women represented 55% of the 20 reported anti-LGBTQ murders in the United States, and half (50%) were transgender women of color. This year we have reached another alarming reality of 22 reported homicides of a transgender or gender non-conforming person – 19 of whom were people of color, according to NCAVP.

Papi Edwards

Lamia Beard

Ty Underwood

Yazmin Vash Payne

Taja Gabrielle DeJesus

Penny Proud

Kristina Gomez Reinwald

Keyshia Blige

London Kiki Chanel

Mercedes Williamson

Jasmine Collins

Ashton O'Hara

India Clarke

K.C. Haggard

Amber Monroe

Shade Schuler

Amber Monroe

Kandis Capri

Elisha Walker

Tamara Dominguez

Keisha Jenkins

Zella Ziona


Affirmations for a Brighter Future on

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015


In order to bring forth healing on this difficult day, NBJC is honored to present the voices of  3 Black transgender women and advocates who represent the best of what it means to be #BlackTransProud . Let us all Read, Listen & Heed their words of hope for future generations of our Black trans* family by daily committing to build affirming spaces where all trans* people are celebrated and loved.


Earline Budd

Washington, D.C.

Transgender Advocate| HIPS

I honor those we have lost and those elders in the community who have paved the way for all transgender people. 

As a transgender woman who has been blessed to see 57 years of life, I send a message of hope and love to all young transgender women of color…


Valerie Spencer, MSW

Los Angeles, CA

NBJC Leadership

Advisory Council

Cherno Biko

New York City, NY

NBJC Emerging Leader to Watch (#100toWatch)


My name is Cherno Biko and I am a human rights advocate. Earlier this year, when I was appointed to serve as the co-chair of the New York City Council Young Women’s Advisory Council, we launched a campaign entitled

“She Will Be ______”…


Speak Out for Trans* Justice – #TransAdvocate


NBJC is launching a social media campaign today in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) to express what it means to be an advocate for a world that affirms, celebrates and actively builds intentional space for all trans* people. Using the #TransAdvocate & #BlackTransProud and tagging the National Black Justice Coalition (@NBJContheMove) on social media, tell your followers and the broader public what it means to stand in solidarity by being an advocate in pursuit of Trans* Justice!

Download NBJC TDoR Social Media Guide HERE:



NBJC Speaks Out During Historic Congressional Forum on Violence Against the Transgender Community


On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus held a historic forum on the epidemic of violence against transgender people. Prior to the forum, the caucus held a press conference this morning announcing the formation of the Transgender Equality Task Force, which is purposed with championing the issues of the community with a particular interest on what Congress can do to address and prevent violence directed at transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

During the forum NBJC Executive Director & CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks was honored to join a panel comprised of LGBT experts/policy stakeholders to discuss causes of the violence and ways our nation should respond to eliminate it.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.