WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Supreme Court decision affirming that employer discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“This week has brought a mix of anger and hope for Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. 

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NEW YORK — This week, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton, two Black transgender women, were killed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Liberty Township, Ohio respectively. 
In response to this tragic news, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, member of the NBJC Black Trans Advisory Council said:
“Violence against trans people has been normalized. This is beyond problematic, especially because Black trans women carry the weight of this violence.

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EW YORK — On June 12, 2016, 49 people tragically had their lives taken at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In observance of the anniversary of this tragedy, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns released the following statement:
“This horrific act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community needs to be remembered, not only as we continue the fight for equality but also as we honor the lives and legacies of victims that we lost on that tragic night.  

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NEW YORK — In response to the leaked memo to Starbucks employees that forbid employees from wearing clothing or accessories that affirmed that Black Lives Matter, David Johns, the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement:
“Boycott Starbucks. It was just two years ago that racism and anti-Blackness at Starbucks led to the arrests of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson and the closing of 8,000 stores for an afternoon of ‘racial-bias education.’ Starbucks has learned nothing.

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NORTH CAROLINA – In response to the slaying of Monika Diamond, the National Black Justice Coalition released the following statement: 
Monika Diamond, a 34-year-old  Black trans woman was co-owner and founder of Ncphyne Promotion Company LLC and co-CEO of the International Mother of the Year Pageantry System, a pageant that honors LGBTQ mothers.  Like most Black women, cis and trans, Monika held space for and ensured our community was safe...

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