Monday, October 5, 2009

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) names its new executive director

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation's only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization targeting and actively working to strengthen ties with communities and people of color, has named their new executive director, Sharon J. Letterman.  Letterman is has worked extensively in the communities of color, particularly in black churches with the People for the American Way Foundation tackling the issues surrounding homophobia.  She is also on the board of directors for National Stonewall Democrats.  In addition, Letterman spotlighted by the Gill Foundation in its 2008 annual report as a “key ally” for LGBTs. 

Well, I hope she can make some major movements with black females since she proven that her worth by addressing the homophobia in black churches.  Black females can relate to her since she is a woman of God and interested in issues that affects blacks.  The interest in both arenas could help beacon an alliance amongst blacks and LGBTs of color to fight against racism from the LGBT fold and the mainstream.  I don't deal with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) because they seem to be always sleeping on the job or as Ms. Jasmyne Cannick says "the HRC is always putting a black face on non-black priorities on communities of color".  However, I will reserve any judgment since she is just starting her work at the NBJC. 

NBJC has been sleeping at the job for awhile now focusing too much on same-sex unions when there are more immediate problems such as racial bias within the LGBT fold, federal hate crimes legislation including sexuality and gender identity, employment protections that need to be addressed.  If they can successfully resolve those issues then same-sex unions (that's what I call them) should be addressed afterwords.

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