National Black Justice Coalition (17 Articles with 30,364 total views)

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is America’s leading 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.

April, 2022

Leading Black LGBTQ+ Leaders Support Black LGBTQ+/SGL Russian Asylum Seekers; Calls For Global Prayer For Brittney Griner To Be Brought Home

Leading Black LGBTQ+ Leaders Support Black LGBTQ+/SGL Russian Asylum Seekers; Calls For Global Prayer For Brittney Griner To Be Brought Home
WASHINGTON, DC - March 9, 2022 - Over the weekend, it was reported that WNBA Center Brittney Griner was detained at a Russian airport last month and subsequently jailed.
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August, 2021

ICYMI: New Research Indicates LGBTQ People of Color Experience Higher Rates of Discrimination, Underscores Urgent Need for Senate to Pass Equality Act

ICYMI: New Research Indicates LGBTQ People of Color Experience Higher Rates of Discrimination, Underscores Urgent Need for Senate to Pass Equality Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Discrimination inflicts profoundly greater harm on LGBTQ people of color in a wide range of areas, according to recent analysis of scholarly research released by the National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, and Freedom for All Americans. The research underscores the urgent need for the Senate to pass the Equality Act - landmark federal legislation that would modernize and improve our nation's civil rights laws by including explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people, women, and people of color - and reveals how LGBTQ people of color experience grossly disproportionate rates of discrimination and as a result poorer mental and physical health, greater economic insecurity, and an increased number of attempts to die by suicide.
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July, 2021

Research Brief Documents the Shockingly Disproportionate Harms Discrimination Inflicts on LGBTQ People of Color

Research Brief Documents the Shockingly Disproportionate Harms Discrimination Inflicts on LGBTQ People of Color
June 16, 2021. Today, a coalition of leading LGBTQ rights groups joined together to release the most extensive summaries to date of scholarly data on the intersection of anti-LGBTQ and racial discrimination. The research brief, authored by the What We Know Project at Cornell University, found overwhelming consensus among peer-reviewed and other studies that discrimination inflicts profoundly greater harm on LGBTQ people of color in a wide range of areas, including grossly disproportionate rates of experiencing discrimination over the past year, poorer mental and physical health, greater economic insecurity, and attempts to die by suicide. In addition, LGBTQ people of color are more likely than white LGBTQ people to live in states without protections against discrimination and that state anti-LGBTQ laws harm LGBTQ people.
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January, 2021

1/28/21: Annual Black Institute to Kick Off Creating Change

1/28/21: Annual Black Institute to Kick Off Creating Change
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is announcing this year's annual Black Institute, which will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The Black Institute is a part of the National LGBTQ Task Force's 33rd annual Creating Change Conference. It is the largest LGBTQ+ activist conference that brings together leaders from across the nation to strengthen their commitment to freedom, justice and equity for all LGBTQ+ people. The Black Institute will also see the introduction of NBJC's National Policy Agenda. NBJC is the nation's only civil rights organization focused at the intersection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) rights and racial equality.
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National Black Justice Coalition and Cartoon Network Launch Gender Identity Comic Strip Celebrating Gender Diversity

National Black Justice Coalition and Cartoon Network Launch Gender Identity Comic Strip Celebrating Gender Diversity
Washington - December 14, 2020 -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is excited to announce the latest installment in its ongoing collaboration with Cartoon Network. On Monday, December 14, Cartoon Network released a comic strip highlighting the power and importance of respecting gender identity through the use of gender pronouns. The comic was designed by members of the NBJC Youth and Young Adult Action Council (YYAAC) with artist Steven Lowe (@steeeeevn), a team of talented creators from Cartoon Network Studios, and leadership from NBJC's director of education programs and research, Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond.
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National Black Justice Coalition Mourns the Death of Skylar Heath

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns the Death of Skylar Heath
Washington - December 2, 2020 -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the death of Skylar Heath.
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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Deaths of Jaheim Barbie/Pugh and Courtney "Eshay" Key

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Deaths of Jaheim Barbie/Pugh and Courtney
WASHINGTON, DC - December 29, 2020 - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is profoundly saddened by the news of two murders during the holiday season. Jaheim Barbie, also known as Jaheim Pugh, a Black gender nonconforming youth of 19 years, was shot to death as they exited a Christmas party in Prichard, Alabama on December 13th. Just twelve days later, Courtney "Eshay" Key, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in the East Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. These thefts of precious young lives, like so many others, were the product of ignorance and hate.
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December, 2020

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns the Loss of Asia Jynae Foster

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns the Loss of Asia Jynae Foster
Washington -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Asia Jynae Foster.
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National Black Justice Coalition Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

National Black Justice Coalition Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Washington -- Tomorrow, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance - a day to honor trans family who have lost their lives to acts of anti-transgender violence. It's also Transgender Day of Resilience - a day when we celebrate and support the brilliance, resistance, and importance of our trans sibilings who are alive.
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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Death of Chae'Meshia Simms

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Death of Chae'Meshia Simms
WASHINGTON, DC - November 30, 2020 - Chae'Meshia Simms, a Black trans woman in her 30s, was found dead in her car on November 23 in Richmond, Virginia. Police were called following reports of a car crashing into a garage, where Chae'Meshia was found having suffered from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Chae'Meshia on November 27, and she has been remembered as a good, kind, and funny person.
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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Loss of Angel Unique

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Mourns the Loss of Angel Unique
WASHINGTON, DC - November 9, 2020 -- Angel Unique, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee, on October 25. She was found dead at a Motel 6 in the Memphis Whitehaven neighborhood, where she stayed overnight. Angel was a cosmetologist and would have celebrated her 26 birthday this December. On October 30, Angel's friends and family held a vigil to remember her and share memories. Her friend, Shinese Weddle, remembers Angel as "very funny, very nice to everybody she met," and a family member saying she was "a bright person with a positive spirit." Weddle also believes that Angel was killed because she was trans.
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November, 2020

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns Passing of Felycya Harris, Calls for Investigation into Stabbing of Daniela Hernandez

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns Passing of Felycya Harris, Calls for Investigation into Stabbing of Daniela Hernandez
Washington - October 9, 2020 --The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Felycya Harris and the stabbing of Daniela Hernandez, who survived.
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October, 2019

New Report Offers Look at Lives of LGBT People of Color in Rural America, Shattering Stereotypes of Life in Rural Communities

New Report Offers Look at Lives of LGBT People of Color in Rural America, Shattering Stereotypes of Life in Rural Communities
(September 19, 2019) Des Moines, IA-Media coverage often portrays rural America as singularly white, conservative and working-class. Yet at least 10 million people of color, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color, call rural America home. Today, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new report, Where We Call Home: LGBT People of Color in Rural America, which examines the unique challenges of LGBT people of color in rural America and highlights distinct experiences across different communities of color. As the second publication in the Where We Call Home series, this report details how the structural challenges of rural life amplify acceptance of or discrimination against LGBT people of color. Where We Call Home: LGBT People of Color in Rural America is released in partnership with the Equality Federation, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
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February, 2019

LGBTQ and Allied Orgs Urge Thorough, Independent Investigation & Critical Reforms Following 2nd Suspicious Death of a Black Man at W Hollywood Home of Ed Buck

LGBTQ and Allied Orgs Urge Thorough, Independent Investigation & Critical Reforms Following 2nd Suspicious Death of a Black Man at W Hollywood Home of Ed Buck
January 10, 2019 - Today, 41 LGBTQ and allied organizations (listed below) released the following statement to demand a thorough investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office of the second death of a Black man at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a prominent political donor, within two years.
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December, 2018

Congresswomen, Civil Rights Leaders, Black Trans Woman Release Statements Demand Protections for Black LGBTQ Community

Congresswomen, Civil Rights Leaders, Black Trans Woman Release Statements Demand Protections for Black LGBTQ Community
WASHINGTON - November 20, 2018 -- In honor of Transgender Awareness Week ending Nov. 17, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls (CCBWG) released statements calling for the end of gender-based violence and the rising epidemic of discrimination, abuse and violence against Black Transgender and LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving people, especially Black Trans Women. 
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October, 2018

Civil Rights Org Releases Scathing Report Card on Federal Government's Performance on Key Issues Negatively Impacting Black LGBTQ+ People

Civil Rights Org Releases Scathing Report Card on Federal Government's Performance on Key Issues Negatively Impacting Black LGBTQ+ People
WASHINGTON - September 26, 2018 --The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a compelling, comprehensive "2018 NBJC Federal Government Report Card" today, outlining the performance of all three branches of the federal government on a number of issues relevant to Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people. View the full report here.
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September, 2018

Statement on Death of Jamel Myles by Executive Director, David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition

Statement on Death of Jamel Myles by Executive Director, David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition
Denver, CO - August 29, 2018 -- Yesterday, several news outlets reported that Jamel Myles, a 9-year-old in Denver, died by suicide four days after coming out to his classmates and consequently becoming a target of rampant bullying. Following this tragic news, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the below statement
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