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.
NBJC has been one of the influential stepping stones in my life. As an African American gender non-conformant young person, I often searched for a group of people that could fully understand my struggle and thankfully I didn't find just a group of people, I found a family within the members of NBJC. The organization has and continues to intentionally pave a path for me to succeed in a help lead out movement and for that I will be forever grateful!
NBJC's work of "empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people," is second only to its' role as a social lighthouse for LGBT people of color. NBJC provides a refuge for those who often feel underrepresented by other mainstream LGBT organizations. As an example, under the zealous charge of director Sharon Lettman-Hicks, when the "slow to evolve on LGBT rights" wing of the Black community remained decidedly mum about the role sexuality played in the hazing-related death of Robert Champion Jr. , NBJC sounded a necessary rallying cry. Where the homophobic motives of Champion's attackers provided unpopular discussion for many Black organizations, and garnered a rather lack-luster response from mainstream LGBT groups, NBJC worked tirelessly to publicize the vital "hate crime" underpinnings of the "hazing incident." Many such instances of unspoken suffering, endured by LGBT people of color have finally been given a voice by NBJC's work and efforts. In a time when "The Advocate Magazine" provocatively declares on its cover that "Gay is the new Black," NBJC plays a vital and necessary role by advocating for those who must endure the causal discriminations of both civil rights movements (Black and LGBT) on a daily basis.