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Inviting In Toolkit

INVITING IN acknowledges that it is important for everyone to do the work required to demonstrate compassion and to increase competence such that people feel comfortable sharing important parts of themselves when they so choose.

COUNTERS THE IDEA OF “COMING OUT” to disrupt traditional power dynamics that do not center the lived experiences of LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving 1 (SGL) people.

HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE of bilateral relationships.

REMINDS US that no one is entitled to information about the lived experiences of other people that are not voluntarily offered up.

SUGGESTS that if someone puts in the work, they may be INVITED IN.

1 Same Gender Loving: A term used by members of the African-American /Black community to express an alternative sexual orientation without relying on terms and symbols of Anglo/European descent


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.