Elder Bishop Kwabena “Rainey” Cheeks, the co-founder of Us Helping Us, People into Living, coordinator of the historic DC Clubhouse community events, and a faith leader at Inner Light Ministries.
Eugene Cornelius, the senior advisor to the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration and Designer of the International Council of Small Business at George Washington University.
Earl Fowlkes, the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Center for Black Equity, Chair of the Democratic LGBTQ+ Caucus
Rev. Cedric Harmon, the co-director of Many Voices: A Black Church Movement for LGBTQ Justice.
Curtis Lipscomb, the Executive Director of LGBT Detroit.
Dr. Cleo Manago, coined the term “same-gender loving,” founder and CEO of AmASSI Health and Cultural Centers and Black Men’s Xchange.
Dr. Eugene McCray, one of the earliest Black gay HIV/AIDS researchers at the CDC and former director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
The event is sponsored by AARP.
The National Black Justice Coalition advocates for policies that:
Since 2003, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has been America’s leading national 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/AIDS through coalition building, federal policy change, research, and education. Our mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ+/SGL bias and stigma. NBJC supports Black individuals, families, and communities in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ+/SGL equity.
We envision a world where all people are fully empowered to participate safely, openly, and honestly in family, faith, and community, regardless of race, class, gender identity, or sexual orientation.