#Civil Rights
United States of America

Black History Month is in February, but the inclusion of Black LGBTQ identities in should happen all year round.

According to the Williams Institute, there are more than 1 million LGBTQ African Americans currently living in the United States, with approximately 3.7 percent of all African American people identifying as LGBTQ. LGBTQ African Americans are disproportionately young and disproportionately female, and nearly one-third of all African American same-sex couples are raising children.
LGBTQ African Americans live in communities across the nation, but there are some areas of the country where the LGBTQ African American population is more heavily concentrated. African Americans are, and have always been, a vibrant part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and same gender-loving community. From trailblazing pioneers such as openly gay novelist James Baldwin and transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, to modern-day heroes such as actress Laverne Cox and basketball star Jason Collins, LGBTQ African Americans have made enormous contributions to the ongoing fight for social, racial and economic justice. For Black LGBTQ, learning about and honoring history, people, and events related to their intersectional identity as both Black and LGBTQ in important.

We know that hate crime against BLACK AND LGBT separately are at an all time time high, imagine being targeted for being both. That’s why we all need allies.

Being an ally is about being an active friend or support to someone else. Straight people can be allies to LGBT people. LGBT people can be allies to each other. If we want to live in a world where people are accepted without exception, we all need to be part of the solution.


I will EDUCATE and EMPOWER myself: Doing some research, reading up online and attending spectrum general event/meeting is a great place for me to start. Even if I'm not apart of the community, I will confront my own assumptions, prejudices, and bias.

I will LISTEN!
As allies to each other, we have to be able to listen, ask how someone is doing and be aware that other people’s lives and experiences will be completely different to my own, especially in terms of discrimination and prejudice. i will be respectful to others and enjoy learning about all the differences and diversity in the community around me.

I will be VISIBLE and CHALLENGE the opposition.
I will be Loud, Visible and Proud to be part of this campaign. I will start just by sharing the #THEEBLACKLGBTSUPPORT pledge on my social media getting as many positive messages out there as possible. I understand using my platforms I can amplify the voices of the Black LGBT community and share our people’s stories.

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The BLACK LGBTQ+ LIVES MATTER petition to SPECTRUM AT JSU was written by spectrum jsu and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.

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