It’s #InvitingIn Season!
August 2, 2022, is the 2nd Annual “Inviting in” Day. August 2nd is also the birthday of civil rights activist and trailblazing writer James Baldwin, who unapologetically invited people into his full, multifaceted life as a Black same-gender loving man committed to truth-telling and the pursuit of equity. On “Inviting in” Day, we invite you to think critically about your understanding of “coming out” and learn more about “inviting in” by exploring NBJC’s “inviting in” resources.
“Inviting in” acknowledges that each of us has something that society tells us we should feel shame or stigma about in our life and the importance of everyone doing the work required to demonstrate compassion and increase competence, so people feel comfortable sharing important parts of themselves when they so choose. It disrupts the idea of “coming out,” which affirms traditional power dynamics that do not center the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same-gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people.
Share your #InvitingIn Story with people who deserve to know more about important parts of who you are and how you show up in the world. You can also share your story across digital platforms and tag us @NBJCOnTheMove.
Additional NBJC “inviting in” Resources:
- NBJC’s library of “inviting in” stories.
- NBJC’s Executive Director, Dr. David J. Johns, talks about “inviting in” “Why Some Black LGBTQIA+ Folks Are Done ‘Coming Out.’”
- NBJC’s and The Root’s “inviting in” Mini Documentary. “Honoring James Baldwin and His Legacy Through “”inviting in” Day”
- Honoring James Baldwin and His Legacy Through ‘”inviting in” Day” Article