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Creating Change Conference 2016 3rd Annual Black Institute: Healing, Healthy and WHOLE

January 4, 2016

Since 2014, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has organized the Black Institute at Creating Change. The Black Institute focuses on the issues impacting the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) community and serves as a space to build a collective strategy to foster positive change for this population on the national and local levels. During Creating Change 2016 in Chicago, NBJC is honored to organize the 3rd Annual Black Institute: Healing, Healthy and WHOLE. It will be held from 9am to 6pm on Thursday, January 21 as one of the Creating Change Day Long Institutes.

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Isaiah R. Wilson at the Black Institute at Creating Change Denver 2015

The Black LGBTQ/SGL community represents a significant subset of the collective African American family. Heightened health disparities, anti-Black racism, and the lack of employment opportunities and security are just a few of the realities that define many of our lived experiences. The 3rd  Annual Black Institute will offer intentional deliberation on the key drivers impacting the health and wellness of the Black LGBTQ/SQL population: physical health (e.g., health disparities); emotional health (e.g., mental health, behavioral health, self-care, healthy relationships), spirituality (e.g., faith, religion, wholeness, purpose); economics (e.g., financial health, economic justice, employment security, housing, livable wage, entrepreneurship); and social justice (e.g., racial profiling, criminal justice, education, voting rights). The mission of this year’s institute is to define what holistic health and wellness looks like for the Black LGBTQ/SGL community and craft next steps to move on this agenda on the national level with a special focus on providing resources to the grassroots.

In addition, the Black Institute will hold an intentional dialogue, in collaboration with the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), concerning the violence directed at trans women from cisgender trans-attracted men. The dearth of visibility, resources and support for trans-attracted men has compounded a culture of shame and stigma that leads these men to seek out, fetishize, and establish sexual and/or romantic relationships with trans women in secret, and lash out at them violently when confronted with public exposure of their relationships or desires. Tona Brown, trailblazing musician and trans advocate, will moderate an educational and informative discussion with men who are married or are involved in long-term relationships with transgender women.

Join us on Thursday, January 21 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Creating Change Conference for this day long institute.

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Sharon Lettman-Hicks at the Black Institute at Creating Change Denver 2015

The Black Institute will provide many opportunities to lift, learn and lead for the empowerment of the Black LGBTQ/SGL community.

by Isaiah R. Wilson, National Black Justice Coalition, External Affairs Manager


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