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The State of Black LGBT in Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show. The program offers an LGBT perspective on an array of topics. 

In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show.

Silence is Golden on Gay Issues

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While Obama and Romney haven’t talked much about LGBT issues during the general election, where they stand is very clear. “From President Obama’s impeccable record, it’s clear who is on our side and who supports our community,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive of the National Black Justice Coalition. “From repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ to plainly stating his position on marriage equality, President Obama’s commitment to LGBT Americans is indisputable.” As always, actions speak louder than words.

Two presidential election cycles ago, talking about gays was all the rage. Anti-marriage-equality measures littered state ballots across the country. There was even talk that they brought social conservatives out in numbers that gave President George W. Bush an edge in 2004 over Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.

Prop 8 Ruling and A Look Back At Recent Gay Rights Achievements

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriages in California, is unconstitutional.

Although the ruling is expected to be appealed and go to the United States Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit's decision is a victory for gay rights activists who have been fighting the California ban since the ballot initiative first passed in 2008.

Over the past year, there have been a number of victories for marriage equality. Here's a look back at some of the most notable recent developments in LGBT rights:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriages in California, is unconstitutional.