Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.

Yesterday, HRC staff and interns joined the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) for a White House briefing on issues affecting the black LGBT community. The event was scheduled as part of NBCJ’s fourth annual Out on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit.

The day’s line-up included personal stories from black LGBT people inside the Obama administration as well as a panel discussion of health disparities within the broader LGBT community. Attendees also learned about the administration’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court decision to strike down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

“It was incredible to see the accomplishments of the NBJC attendees and to experience their desire to push ahead,” said HRC Public Education and Outreach intern Steffi Mangelsdorf.  “Seeing these LGBT leaders speak up for equality, I have no doubt that their perseverance and passion will ensure that policies of this administration will be LGBT-inclusive.”

HRC Workplace Equality intern Jonah Wacholder had similar thoughts. Upon reflection, Wacholder said that “having the chance to hear from these [White House] officials gave me valuable insight into how the process of making public policy works.”

HRC is constantly looking for new interns to join the HRC U internship program. Spring 2014 applications open in mid-October.

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