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National Black Justice Coalition (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, April 17, 2023

This week I talked with Victoria Kirby York, Director of Public Policy & Programs for the National Black Justice Coalition. Victoria is responsible for leading NBJC’s advocacy & action strategies to maintain the org’s position as a recognized public-policy leader especially concerning Black trans, queer & non-binary/non-conforming people as well as other multiple marginalized communities. Since 2003 the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has been America’s leading national civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people including people living with HIV/AIDS through coalition building, federal policy change, research & education. Their mission is to end racism, homophobia, LGBTQ bias & stigma. NBJC supports Black individuals, families & communities in strengthening the bonds & bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice & LGBTQ equity. Recently NBJC unveiled its Federal Policy Agenda for the 118th Congressional Term offering its recommendations for urgently needed action to address pressing public policy issues facing our Black LGBTQ community ensuring their freedoms & equal protection under the law. NBJC is prioritizing three policy pillars this legislative session addressing Awareness, Access & Accountability. Black LGBTQ Americans represent a significant subset of Black families with over one million people (3.7 percent of all Black Americans) identifying as LGBTQ. The community's challenges are compounded partly by the stigma & marginalization resulting from social constructions of race, normative gender & sexuality. NBJC also continues to fight & campaign for the Equality Act, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Student Loan Debt Relief Act, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019 & several Biden-Harris Administration executive actions. I talked to Victoria about what she hopes to accomplish at NBJC & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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