Archive for January, 2011

Greetings Family!

Please join us at the Lucy Florence Cultural Center in Leimert Park TOMORROW Join us as we rejoice and celebrate! Check out video footage of Kingdom Day Parade as well as JRC Board Member Viktor Kerney’s Kingdom Day Video Diary !


Chec k out footage in the local press!

We had over 100 out Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender brothers and sisters and Allies in our LGBT Stride for Justice parade contingency and we could not have done this without the help of our coalition partners: Here to Stay, Black Lesbians United (BLU), Los Angeles Black Pride (ATB), In the MeanTime Mens Group, Vote for Equality and most importantly our individual contributors.


At our meeting we will discuss what has happened over the past 3 years with the parade and discuss our survey results from the parade participants. We will also facilitate a breakout session to solicit community feedback about what Black LGBT programming we would like to see in LA in the future.


Please join us as we reflect upon the President’s State of the Union address and what it means in our community and reveal several other important announcements! We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served.

For More Info Contact!

Rodney K. Nickens, Jr. & Andre Molette
Jordan/Rustin Coalition
Field Organizers
(424) 645-7252 (work)

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The Barbara Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition is proud to announce the JRC canvassing project!

We are looking to hire several temporary part-time staff to conduct conversations with voters door-to-door in primarily African-American voter precincts. If you know anyone who’s interested please forward your information to Milton Davis at: Please put “Paid Canvasser” in the subject line.

If you have any questions please call or email us at or (424) 260-3572.
The Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition is a civil rights organization that exists to eradicate racism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and sexism in all forms. The Jordan/Rustin Coalition’s mission is to build the political power of the Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and our allies in the Greater Los Angeles Area through grassroots organizing, political advocacy, public education and community empowerment. JRC advocates for full equality, including marriage, and complete societal acceptance of all persons with regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression.

Vision Statement:
JRC envisions the Greater Los Angeles Area to be a place where Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ensured full equality under the law, enjoy equal rights and protections, and are embraced as full members of the community in every aspect of their lives: at home, at work, at school and in their places of worship.

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With the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, on Monday, January 17, 2011 for the third consecutive year, the Barbara Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition, The Here to Stay Coalition, Black Lesbians United, In the Meantime Men’s Group, At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride, and over 50 same gender-loving/LGBT activists will march down Crenshaw and King Blvd. to promote acceptance, visibility, dialogue and community-building as a strategy to fight homophobia and promote more awareness of Black LGBT issues within the Black community.

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011 Here to Stay Coalition and Jordan Rustin Coalition will be hosting a sign making party and check in at Jewels Catch One at 11:30 am. “The sign making party is a time where our organizations can come together and show unity before the parade. All participants in the LGBT contingency of the parade have been asked to where white as a symbol of unity.”, said JRC Field Organizer Andre J. Molette

“This is a historic time for our country and the Black LGBT community has to ensure that our issues are not being forgotten amidst the statewide and national climate,” said Rodney Nickens Jr. Field Organizer for the Jordan/Rustin Coalition. “Some will question what purpose the MLK March serves for the Black LGBT community in Los Angeles, but I think now more than ever, it is important that we come together in solidarity and present a united front to ourselves and to the world. It is only going to be through coming together during difficult times that we can begin to have difficult conversations.”

All of this occurring as a record number of pro-LGBT political candidates swept statewide offices and a number of Black LGBT candidates took office nationwide in last year’s midterm elections. Democrat Marcus Brandon, an openly gay African-American political consultant from North Carolina made history Tuesday, after being elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives becoming the 2nd openly gay person elected to the North Carolina General Assembly. Brandon will be the only openly LGBT state legislator in North Carolina, and one of just five openly LGBT African-Americans serving in state legislatures across the country (including Maryland House of Delegates candidate Mary Washington.

Openly lesbian N.C. State Sen. Julia Boseman is stepping down at the end of this term. “Although JRC is a non-partisan organization we are very excited to see so much progress being made across our great nation. It is truly inspiring to watch our movement strengthen as Americans realize the inherent harm in discriminating against the LGBT community. As more LGBT legislators of color rise to power it is very likely that the Black LGBT community will become more empowered to live healthier and happier lives as openly LGBT individuals and families, said JRC Field Organizer Rodney Nickens Jr.

In response to this year’s parade theme, “Working Together We Can Make the Dream Come True”, Here To Stay coailtion partner Yardenna Aaron adds, We as Black LGBTQIs are Here to Stay. We’re walking together in the MLK parade in our community because we are a living, loving and vibrant part of both the Black and LGBTQI communities. We are here to celebrate the beauty of both again for the 3rd year.

WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 AT 11 a.m.
Marchers will gather at Lucy Florence Coffee (on 43rd and Degnan Ave. beginning at 8:30 a.m.)


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