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WASHINGTON -- Today, the US Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request to begin implementing its discriminatory and pernicious ban of military service by transgender people, calling into question the honorable service of thousands of troops and putting our military readiness on the line. An estimated 15,000 transgender people currently serve in the military and the Supreme Court’s actions today places all of their careers in jeopardy.

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Today, 51 LGBTQ and allied organizations (listed below) released the following statement to demand a thorough investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office of the second death of a Black man at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a prominent political donor, within two years.

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WASHINGTON, DC-- This week, another young Black man died in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor who was previously investigated after another Black man, Gemmel Moore, died from a drug overdose at Buck’s home in 2017. Both deaths led to protests over the handling of the investigation and Buck, who was never charged. In response to the news of a second victim, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the following statement:

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WASHINGTON -- In honor of Transgender Awareness Week ending Nov. 17, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls (CCBWG) released statements calling for the end of gender-based violence and the rising epidemic of discrimination, abuse and violence against Black Transgender and LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving people, especially Black Trans Women.
Congressional partners, including Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) joined NBCJ Executive Director David J. Johns, and Londyn de Richelieu, a member of the NBJC Black Transgender Advisory Council to raise awareness and called on other high-profile, Civil Rights and progressive leaders and organizations to join the fight to protect Black transgender people, women, and girls and to:  

  • Recognize anti-transgender violence and gender-based violence;
  • Support justice for crimes committed against Black transgender and gender-nonconforming people; and
  • Act to stop the epidemic of gender-based violence against Black transgender women and gender non-binary Black people.
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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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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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WASHINGTON--The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a compelling, comprehensive “2018 NBJC Federal Government Report Card” today, outlining the performance of all three branches of the federal government on a number of issues relevant to Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people. View the full report here.

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“The Supreme Court of the United States is the last line of defense for our civil and human rights, and it serves as a crucial check on the other branches of government. The opportunity to serve as a Supreme Court Justice should be afforded to a fair-minded and independent jurist.  This is especially true in the case of Justice Kennedy’s successor, who is likely to be the most consequential nomination for a Supreme Court Justice in decades–and Brett Kavanaugh is not that jurist. For Black LGBTQ/SGL people and other individuals from communities that are continually and systematically marginalized, decisions made by the Supreme Court have the capacity to impact and impede our ability to survive and thrive. It is beyond hyperbole; the stakes are too high to allow this nomination to proceed. Our lives and the future of generations to come are on the line.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) today announced the appointment of national civil rights attorney Benjamin L. Crump to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. NBJC is the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Women’s March today announced plans to increase pressure on Waffle House to publicly denounce the discriminatory actions of its employees and implement cultural competence training following a string of incidents of racial and homophobic bias and discrimination at its restaurants. NBJC, Women’s March, and the National LGBTQ Task Force are submitting petitions to the leadership of Waffle House and city officials in Saraland, Alabama, and Warsaw, North Carolina, demanding justice for recent victims of discrimination at multiple Waffle House restaurants and the unjustified arrests of those Black patrons.

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