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Spirit Day: National Black Justice Coalition Releases Statements

 

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

“Spirit Day recognizes the hardships LGBT youth often face and calls us to stand in solidarity with those of us who have been isolated because of our identities. I appreciate being a leader with NBJC because it allows me to engage with this isolation and trauma that Queer identified/SGL people face and provide just as much relief and care. This is why I am inviting people to read the toolkit and replicate this model of care in your own communities.”

– Justin Calhoun, member of NBJC’s YYAAC

“Spirit day means freedom from adversity, from being targeted, and the ability for all of us to live our fullest and most genuine lives. NBJC has given me community and the ability to recognize the power that I have within me that is beyond measure. On this Spirit Day, I encourage everyone to reach out to the young people in their lives, queer or not, because we all need someone and you could be that someone.”

– Monet Umana, member of NBJC’s YYAAC

“My invitation to people on Spirit Day is to reach out to the queer people you love and lift them up, give them their flowers, and let them know how much you care about them. Being queer, trans, and Black can be incredibly isolating—do what you can to counteract that feeling, and then take those practices forward with you—not just on Spirit Day but every day.”
– Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino, member of NBJC’s YYAAC 

The National Black Justice Coalition has put together a toolkit providing guidance around Spirit Day. The group also released a “Words Matter: Gender Justice Toolkit” earlier this year to combat gender-based discrimination and violence; an LGBTQ/SGL Terminology Work Book; as well as a report on the crisis of Black youth and mental health last year.

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.