This weekend the New York Times reported upcoming plans of the Trump Administration to take its most aggressive action, to date, by erasing the lives of transgender people and gender non-binary Americans. The Administration’s attempts to “redefine” terms that are rooted in both science and reason are calculated attempts to roll back civil rights gains made during the Obama Administration. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement from David J. Johns, Executive Director, in rebuke and to explain what is at stake for our families with the Trump Administration’s plan to dehumanize transgender people...

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October marks the observance of LGBTQ/SGL History Month . During this month we celebrate the lives and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. Too often LGBTQ/SGL people are erased, our contributions are rendered invisible in public schools, in the media, and in our homes. LGBTQ/SGL History Month, first celebrated in 1994, is designed to move us closer to recognizing that as long as there have been people there have been LGBTQ/SGL people and we are all better when we acknowledge and celebrate this truth. 

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I've never asked permission for how to show up in the world. From as young as I have memories I can recount how this is a fact. I have however always felt and observed how many respond to how I show up in the world. In 2002, I moved to NYC and became a member of the first church community I'd ever encountered that was #OpenAndAffirming

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As our nation grapples with celebrating community diversity as a strength, and where people from diverse backgrounds work better together to tackle the seemingly intractable problems that prevent us from thriving,  it's important to address the unique needs of marginalized individuals who are oppressed because of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

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The National Black Justice Coalition, joined Lambda Legal and 71 other undersigned organizations to urge the US Senate to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The attached letter outlines in detail our reasons for opposing his nomination.

 
Every Supreme Court vacancy is significant, but the stakes for the LGBT community could not be higher in deciding who will replace Justice Kennedy—who served as the deciding vote in numerous landmark decisions affecting LGBT people. It is not an exaggeration to say that key protections that enable LGBT individuals to participate as equal members of our society are at stake. Judge Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates that if he were confirmed to the Supreme Court, he would provide the fifth and decisive vote to undermine many of our core rights and legal protections.

 

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