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HRC Participates in NBJC’s Annual Out on the Hill Leadership Summit

Image source: Valerie Phillips for NBJC

Post submitted by Nick Martin, HRC Field Assistant

HRC took part in the National Black Justice Coalition’s third annual Out on the Hill summit from September 19-22. The summit brings African-American LGBT activists, faith leaders, elected officials, and others to Washington for a series of events and discussions on issues facing LGBT African Americans.

This year, HRC hosted the opening reception for over 100 people. HRC’s John Greene talked about the continued partnership that exists between HRC and NBJC.  Deputy Legislative Director David Stacy discussed legislative issues facing the executive branch surrounding African-Americans.

Later during the summit, HRC’s Rev. MacArthur Flournoy participated in a panel addressing the role faith plays in advocating for LGBT equality in the African-American community. Donna Payne from HRC and Darlene Nipper from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spoke about the unique partnership their organization have and how they cooperatively address LGBT inequality.

The summit’s issues forum held panel discussions on LGBT African-Americans and the media. Panelists included Keith Boykin from BET/CNBC, Carolyn Brown from Black Enterprise, and Jonathan Capehart from the Washington Post. Another session about the African American church and marriage equality was hosted by Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.  

For more about NBJC’s Out on the Hill Summit, visit

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