The National Black Justice Coalition Celebrates U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s Historic Resolution Honoring the Contributions of Black LGBTQ+ Americans
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WASHINGTON, DC — The National Black Justice Coalition celebrates U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) historic resolution honoring the contributions and achievements of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+/Same Gender Loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) Americans for Black History Month.
“This resolution marks the first time in history that either chamber of the U.S. Congress has honored the history makers and trailblazers who have had a profound impact on our nation’s history despite being marginalized and stigmatized due to race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and often sex and disability. Nonetheless, our community has made its mark in the arts, politics, science and mathematics, business ownership, athletics, healthcare, media, law, religion, and in the fight for social justice,” said Victoria Kirby York, deputy executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.
On being included in this powerful list, David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition said
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized alongside so many race warriors and social justice advocates, trailblazers and icons including Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major, Barbara Jordan, and Pauli Murray, as well as many beloved contemporaries. This recognition is a reminder of the progress that has been made as well as the work that remains so that one day soon every member of our beautifully diverse community can be free—happy, healthy, and whole.
The National Black Justice Coalition thanks Rep. Lee for her continued support, affirmation, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people. We celebrate her leadership in taking on the task of honoring our community as a part of Black History Month—a reminder that we are as queer as we are Black, and that we’ve always been here as active, contributing members of our community and country.You can learn about more Black LGBTQ+/SGL trailblazers and leaders through our Ubuntu Biography Project at www.beenhere.org