First Trans Witness Ever to Testify Before Senate on ENDA

An openly transgender person for the first time is set to testify before the Senate on [Tuesday, June 12] about the lack of federal employment LGBT non-discrimination protections and the need to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to a committee notice published [Thursday, June 7].

Kylar Broadus, founder of the Columbia, Mo., based Trans People of Color Coalition [and NBJC board member], is scheduled be among five witnesses who’ll speak during the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing titled, “Equality At Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

More over at the Washington Blade.

An Open Yearbook Message to the LGBT Students of the High-School Class of 2012

A beautifully written “yearbook message” to LGBT high school students by The National Center for Lesbian Rights’ federal policy director, Maya Rupert: “You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so please don’t forget to enjoy it. Celebrate yourselves — your fierce, amazing, and strong selves. I’ll be celebrating you. Have fun. Be proud. Then go off and be incredible. We all can’t wait to see the ways you wind up changing this world.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

When the Son Surpasses His Father

In a powerful piece about fatherhood, openly gay CNN contributor and NBJC’s OUT on the Hill 2012 Black LGBT Leadership Summit National Chair LZ Granderson writes, “He took off, disappearing out of my sight. That day, I learned the deeper meaning of fatherhood: I may not always be able to go where he goes, but I’ll always be there when he makes his way back.”

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PHOTOS: Gay Pride Month: Black LGBT Icons

Obama’s recent endorsement of same sex marriage has been a huge triumph in both the LGBT and black community.

The fight for LGBT equality in the black community has a long history with roots stemming back to the Harlem Renaissance and The Civil Rights Movement. The movement continues today as many black people struggle to overcome both racial and sexual prejudice.

These 14 icons have proven to be champions in both the gay rights movement and their respective careers.

Find out who made the list at the Huffington Post.

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