A contingent of more than 100 black LGBT activists and community leaders convened on Capitol Hill for the National Black Justice Coalition’s second annual “Out on the Hill Black Leadership Summit” event during the Congressional Black Caucuses annual legislative conference.
NoMoreDownLow.TV correspondent Rodney Nickens, Jr. reports from the week-long conference that focused on advocating for equal rights for the African American LGBT community.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, said, “Black LGBT people are black people too…We felt it’s important for them to know that there are black LGBT elected leaders, public policy makers, activists, faith leaders, all walks of life of our interest both in black America and LGBT America.”
The group had a briefing with Obama Administration officials at The White House outlining policies of interest to the black LGBT community. Plus, meetings were scheduled with the group to meet with their local Congressional representatives.
There were also several panel discussions addressing various issues within our own community – from transgender inclusion and marriage equality to bullying and HIV/AIDS.
Learn more about National Black Justice Coalition
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia. As America’s leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, the National Black Justice Coalition has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between straight and LGBT people and communities.
What Are the Priorities and Key Initiatives?
Issues & Priorities - http://www.nbjc.org/issues/
Learn more - Key Federal Policies and Initiatives for the LGBT Community