“Black communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, not because we are more sexually active, but because our communities continue to lack access to healthcare and other preventive measures like PrEP. Our communities have also long been targeted by anti-Black systems like mass incarceration, economic disenfranchisement, and school-to-prison pipelines. Stigma against LGBTQ and same gender loving people compounds the struggles of those most at risk and stifles necessary conversation and action.

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WASHINGTON, DC-- A teen who was reported missing to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. Detectives are investigating this case as an apparent homicide. In response to the ongoing investigation into the death of 17-year-old Ja’Quarius Taylor from New Orleans, as a possible hate crime, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Kristen Clarke released the following joint statement: 
“First and foremost, we extend our prayers and support to the family of Ja’Quarius Taylor. The tragic passing of a loved one is heartbreaking.  We hope our words and our actions help to honor the memory of Ja’Quarius and keep his name in the light. 

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Camika Shelby of Huntsville, Alabama, is proud to serve as a National Black Justice Coalition Black Youth Advocate and Ambassador. Shelby became an advocate after her 15-year-old son, Nigel Shelby died by suicide after being bullied for being both Black and gay. 

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At the age of 25, I elected to be transparent with my Mother about being Same Gender Loving. 

As many young Black men of the SGL community, I had to wade thru the complexities of my sexual identity earlier on from religion to feeling "different" and ALL that lies in between.

In the best interest of maintaining my "secret" I would primarily date guys who lived outside of the city and/or state which I lived. By dating outside of my immediate surroundings it fostered a false sense of security my "secret" would be kept safe. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) yesterday, joined Susan Taylor, former Essence magazine editor-in-chief, and the National CARES Mentoring Movement to support a youth delegation offering testimony about the experiences of Black youth struggling with trauma, stress, and mental health-- specifically Black queer students-- at “Hearing Their Stories: Students and How They Handle Their Mental Health,” hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health.

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