NBJC is an amazing organization that I am extremely fortunate to be a part of. The work that is done inspires me to work harder each and every day. The constant focus to create a better life for the Black LGBT community is remarkable, and I can honestly say that the focus is evenly distributed from the L, G, B, and T. Positive changes have occurred because of NBJC and positive changes will continue to occur.
After reaching out to a former colleague at the NBJC, I received a wealth of information and assistance about LGBTQ topics and programs related to my job and personal aspirations. This was my first interaction with anyone from the NBJC and afterwards I was more than enthused that I could find help and information from an organization interested about improving the rights and exposure of topics specifically concerning people of color in the LGBTQ community.
I am the convener of an all volunteer community based organization dedicated to educating and advocating for the rights of LGBT people in the Black community. For us on the ground, it is difficult to locate resources and persons who can articulate the needs of the larger Black LGBT community while providing valuable policy resource materials. We look to the National Black Justice coalition as the ground grounded and solid in the delivery of materials that we need to advocate and educate at the grass roots level. In turn, we as a grass root organization have the ability to have our voices heard through NBJC because they function in D.C. and can speak directly to national elected officials and policy makers. In the NBJC, we also find a foundation for our effort to place ourselves as Black LGBT people in the context of the needs and issues that effect the larger Black community. This representation is our priority and we share it with them. We believe that the existence of the National Black Justice Coalition is crucial to our functioning and to having the our needs projected to a larger audience.
NBJC is a testimony to spearheading the needs of the minority LGBTQ community. I am so impressed by their professionalism and unshakable effort to their cause. While in attendance to their events, not only did I learn more about what NBJC does, but subsequently have been exposed to other events that uplift and celebrate the LGBTQ community. I am in full support of the team’s future endeavors. They have been so influential that they have inspired me to become more proactive and volunteer in activities that support their mission. This is certainly a group worth supporting.
NBJC sponsored one of the most controversial and stunning stage plays the black LGBT community has seen, "SheBaltimore". As an actress in the production, I understand the importance of support and community. If the support NBJC offered "SheBaltimore" is any indication of the beliefs and resources it uses on a daily basis to promote equality and justice in the lives of not only LGBT people, but everyone, I must say, the world has seen nothing yet.
i first became aware of NBJC a few months ago when they came to speak at the 2012 GLSEN Students of Color Organizing Conference in Baltimore this past April. I must say I was blown away by the passion they have for the work they do. Since, I have signed up to receive their newsletters and have been wonderful blessed by their movement. My attention toward the issues surrounding LGBT of color has increased and I find myself engrossed in the trials and outcomes more and more. Also sharing with my peers. NBJC is a great organization and their work is priceless in many areas of society. Truly a GREAT nonprofit.