Liberation for Black folks must start with a focus on the issues that hinder the most marginalized in our community. Fueled by movements like #BlackLivesMatter, there is a new generation of freedom fighters that are shifting the conversation—Black millennials. This has led 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, to continue to empower young professionals and emerging leaders, including ourselves. 

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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 and transgender (LGBT) people, is proud to announce the expansion of the Black LGBT Health & Wellness Initiative with the creation of new role of LGBT Health Initiatives Program Officer. Former NBJC Events & Operations Manager, Venton C. Jones, will take on this new role and execute an institutional priority of the organization. As the Program Officer of LGBT Health Initiatives, Venton will lead NBJC’s advocacy and programmatic efforts to improve the overall health and wellness of the Black LGBT and same gender loving population in our nation. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). On this solemn day we honor the lives of our transgender and gender non-conforming (trans*) family who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate violence, and also call upon allies to step up and stand in solidarity. 

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In recognition of National Coming OUT Day 2015 on Sunday, October 11, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is proud to launch 100toWatch.org, the central hub for the 2015-16 Inaugural Cohort of 100 Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming and/or same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) Emerging Leaders to Watch (#100toWatch). These inspirational leaders, ages 18-30 at the time of their selection, represent the next generation of freedom fighters--already on the frontlines in their communities--working to build a brighter future for all people. They have a mission to bring voice, take action and build networks within the Black LGBTQ/SGL populace by owning their power!

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