The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia.
Since 2003, NBJC has provided leadership at the intersection of mainstream civil rights groups and mainstream LGBT organizations, advocating for the unique challenges and needs of the African American LGBT community that are often relegated to the sidelines. NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation.
NBJC’s publications and commentary challenge misperceptions about LGBT African Americans among civil rights organizations, LGBT organizations and the general public while simultaneously affirming African American LGBT individuals. As we strengthen partnerships with mainstream civil rights organizations, our grassroots focus deepens relationships with state and local African American LGBT organizations, while increasing their involvement in the national LGBT movement.
At this juncture in the organization’s development, NBJC is focusing intently on increasing its capacity and infrastructure to better serve its constituents and stakeholders while more powerfully fulfilling NBJC’s mandate to end racism and homophobia. We urge you to join us as a partner and invest in NBJC’s institutional capacity and the success of its mission.
1. End Bullying in Schools. Victims of anti-gay bullying are often targeted due to their presumed gender identity and sexual orientation.
2. Support marriage equality so gay and lesbian couples have access to the same rights and legal protections as other married couples.
3. Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. DADT represents overt discrimination. No other law mandates firing someone because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
4. Encourage Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to create a safe, responsible and inclusive environment for LGBT students.
5. Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Racism, homophobia and transphobia create disproportionate job bias against LGBT people of color.