Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 43 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, June 28, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 26
National Black Justice Coalition on Democratic debates: Black LGBTQ/SGL rights matter too!
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
National Black Justice Coalition on Democratic debates: Black LGBTQ/SGL rights matter too!

WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2019) - In response to the first night of Democratic Debates, David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:

'Tonight's Democratic debate officially kicks off the long road to the 2020 election - the outcome of which will be pivotal in determining America's future. An eclectic array of Democratic candidates is eager to challenge Trump's tenure as president and are poised to speak to diverse issues, including the economy, border security, and climate change. While we can expect that every Democratic candidate will speak to the issues with deeper understanding than the current occupant of the Oval Office has demonstrated[...] we are left to wonder who will speak to the unique and often overlooked needs of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and same-gender-loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, families, and communities?

'Since 2016, the current administration has actively worked to restrict existing policies and practices that address the needs of Black LGBTQ/SGL people, communities, and families. Consider efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides quality and affordable health care to millions of Americans, including significant numbers of LGBTQ/SGL people. Black women in particular have received a number of benefits because of the implementation of the ACA. These are important gains that must be maintained.

'In spite of the fact that Black people continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV, the current administration fired members of the President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council in 2017. In 2018 the administration pushed the boundaries of legalizing hate speech under the veil of 'protecting religious liberties.' Most recently, the administration doubled down on efforts to restrict the ability of LGBTQ/SGL people to volunteer to serve to defend our country and even threatened the safety of transgender people seeking refuge in shelters. These aforementioned attacks against our community is not exhaustive. It is for these reasons that the Trump administration received a failing grade on our Federal Report Card.

'While the administration attempts to erase and restrict access to opportunities for Black LGBTQ/SGL people, the rates of reported hate crimes are continuing to increase. In 2017 alone, over 1,200 hate crimes were reported based on bias against someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. And the violence has only escalated. In just the month of June, this year, nine Black trans women have been murdered - that we know of.

'While important to note that the Equality Act was recently passed in the US House of Representatives, more must be done to ensure that Black LGBTQ/SGL people are free from harassment, hate crimes, and discrimination. The National Black Justice Coalition will continue to watch the presidential election process unfold and are thankful for Sen. Booker's acknowledgement of the specific issues facing Black LGBTQ/SGL people. But would-be nominees must do better. We eagerly await opportunities to support candidates in speaking to the importance of and creating policy responses that address the unique needs of our diverse community.

'Specifically, the National Black Justice Coalition is eager to hear candidates speak to the following three policy priorities:

1. Civil and legal protections: The Equality Act, criminal justice reform, and removing the barriers to employment and housing that limit economic opportunities

2. 2020 census: to ensure that members of our community are counted so that resources can be apportioned fairly

3. Protect ACA & expand health care: to ensure every American in all 50 states and territories has access to health insurance and ability to receive quality, culturally competent care.'

The National Black Justice Coalition is dedicated to opposing oppression at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ/SGL issues. To learn more about these issues and how to support the cause, check out our Federal Report Card and Public Policy Agenda.

Fast Facts on Key Issues
" Health care and Black LGBTQ/SGL people

o Before the codification of the ACA, nearly 50 million Americans lacked health insurance; more than 16% of these individuals were Black.

o According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, the share of Black ages 18-64 who lacked health insurance coverage fell from 24.9% in 2013 to 15.1% between January and September 2016.

" Hate crimes

o There was a 17% increase in hate crimes based on bias against someone's sexual orientation or gender identity from 2016 to 2017.

o The FBI reports a 16% increase in anti-Black hate crimes during the same period.





The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is America'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.

Courtesy of the NBJC

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Stonewall: A personal memoir
------------------------------
Mayor Durkan honors six LGBTQ+ community members at 2019 Pride Awards
------------------------------
SCOTUS sends wedding cake case back to lower court
------------------------------
Union leaders proud to support Kshama Sawant
------------------------------
Happy Pride from Q-Squared Men
------------------------------
In celebration of Pride month, Sen. Murray highlights half-century of LGBTQIA+ progress, condemns sham conversion therapy
------------------------------
Mayor Durkan transmits legislation to rename portion of East Denny Way 'Barbara Bailey Way' in honor of the late LGBTQ+ civil rights champion
------------------------------
Pride statement from OutRight Action International
------------------------------
Human Rights Campaign names Alphonso David as new president
------------------------------
San Francisco to create Castro LGBTQ Cultural District
------------------------------
Salt Lake County lawmakers pass unanimous bipartisan resolution urging state to bar conversion therapy for minors
------------------------------
My thoughts on PRIDE Month, Juneteenth and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall
------------------------------
County Council confirms members of task force focused on gender identity and sexual orientation
------------------------------
Community organizations urge Seattle to live up to its promises on police accountability
------------------------------
Five questions NBC debate moderators should ask 2020 Democratic presidential candidates
------------------------------
GLAAD releases new media guide: 'Covering 2020: A Tip Sheet for Journalists Covering the 2020 Election'
------------------------------
GLAAD applauds inclusion of LGBTQ issues by NBC News hosts and multiple candidates in Democratic presidential debate
------------------------------
NDAA amendment introduced in House to ensure all qualified Americans can serve in the military
------------------------------
HRC: SCOTUS decision on census upholds importance of full participation
------------------------------
Jayapal statement on Supreme Court ruling on census citizenship question
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
Youth Courage Award winners announced on the eve of Stonewall Uprising 50th anniversary
------------------------------
Jed Foundation and Tyler Clementi Center to support emotional well-being and mental health of LGBTQ+ college students
------------------------------
Jayapal statement on passage of emergency border aid bill
------------------------------
Acceptance of LGBTs declines among young Americans, GLAAD poll says
------------------------------
Amara recognized by HRC Foundation for LGBTQ inclusion efforts
------------------------------
HRC's first-of-its-kind report highlights efforts by child welfare agencies to better serve LGBTQ youth and parents
------------------------------
Women's rights groups defend Trans-inclusive student athletics policy
------------------------------
National Black Justice Coalition on Democratic debates: Black LGBTQ/SGL rights matter too!
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2018 - DigitalTeamWorks 2018

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News