The NBJC Blog

As an educator, of now over three decades, I have always been keenly aware of the potential implications of sharing publicly my life as a Black same gender loving man.  I am strategic in both the selection and placement of my words in describing how I show up in this world. Words have meaning.

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It was my close friend, Darnell, who I met in seminary, that introduced me to this radical notion of “inviting in.” Prior to our conversation, at a local Shake Shack in New York City, I had been terrified to “come out,” to the people I love the most.

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Age 4.
I burned holes into the lifeguard’s
Eyes with the deepest stare of disturbance possible
when said to me, “You stand with the girls, not the boys.”
Separation by sex.
Boys entered one locker room. Girls, the other.
I stood still. Burned holes into the lifeguard’s
Eyes.
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I invite you into knowing me ,Asha. I show up into my world as a Black Woman.

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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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Growing up, as a child you're told what your gender is from birth, and what roles are associated with that. with that in mind I recall playing this game as a child called house. The rules and the roles, in the game of house were already defined and were gender specific. 

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  • 2019 has already seen at least 18 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender people, we mourn those we have lost: 
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On Thursday, August 15th Sephora announced the launch of the We Belong: Color Up Close campaign, recognizing their commitment to build a community where diversity is expected and all are welcomed.  The campaign also encourages more conversations on inclusion. To strive for sustained inclusion and diversity, the campaign commits to support immediate internal improvements to positively impact the industry at-large. 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is soliciting applications from interested interns and fellows desiring to learn about and lead in the movement to improve the lives of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and same gender loving (SGL) people. The internship/fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to students, and young and emerging professionals, interested in civil rights and LGBTQ equality to explore the unique intersections between and among these related efforts.

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