The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’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, released the following statement in response to reports exposing the Department of Education’s decision to no longer investigate or take action on complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’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, opposes the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act or the PROSPER Act, which was recently introduced by the Republican Majority in the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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“When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which EVERY American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that ALL men [and women] – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this... " - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, all around America, we celebrate one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some of the most memorable and moving lines from one of his most celebrated and profound speeches given in Washington, DC – “I Have a Dream” – will be read on airwaves, posted on social media and shared across media throughout this country.

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Washington -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) commends the Florida Department of Health (FDH) for decision to offer oral Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for free to all of their counties by the end of 2018. This collective effort combats the progression of HIV in marginalized communities that find paying for PrEP difficult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention in 2012. When used in combination with condoms, the drug is up to 92 percent effective at preventing HIV. NBJC is committed to supporting efforts like this to ensure that society moves closer toward the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS crisis—especially in the Black community.

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