Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) officially endorsed the Equality Act upon its introduction in the U.S. Congress today. This historic and unprecedented piece of legislation would expand basic non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and gender nonconforming people based on their actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation. The Equality Act adds key LGBT protections to existing civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to ensure—like other protected classes (e.g. race, religion or national origin)—LGBT people cannot be legally discriminated against in the United States. In addition, the Equality Act provides federal protection on the basis of sex and sex-based stereotypes in both public accommodations and federally funded programs.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates several historic decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week, including the expansion of marriage equality nationwide. In the Obergefell v. Hodges 5-4 ruling, the nation’s highest court stated that all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, have a constitutional right to marry the person they love in every state of the union. The decision legalizes marriage for same-sex couples in the last 13 states with laws that banned it – Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas.

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Washington, DC – June 26, 2015 – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) people, joins with the nation every year on National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) to highlight the need for every single American to contribute to the fight to end HIV. NHTD reminds us that we all have the power to serve as change agents in our families and local communities by getting tested, getting into care and ending stigma in our families and communities around HIV/AIDS.  This is our opportunity to ALL make a difference!

 

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement today in remembrance of the nine lives lost at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015:
 
“Since learning of the horrific attack of hate at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week, our hearts at NBJC have been broken. Our nation once again finds itself in the aftermath of a senseless shooting rampage where nine innocent lives have been taken from us. However, this particular tragedy has touched us, significantly, as Black Americans with the racist, disreputable ideology underpinning the murderer’s heart that for centuries has been a plaguing force of hopelessness in our communities.

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Washington, DC – May 15, 2015 – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, stands in solidarity with Michael L. Johnson, a Black gay man who was found guilty by a St. Charles County, Missouri jury yesterday of one count of “recklessly infecting” a partner with HIV, and three counts of “recklessly exposing” partners to HIV. The verdict from a jury, comprised of 11 white jurors and one Black juror, came after only two hours of deliberation and after just three days of a trial. He now faces life in prison.

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