The month of June is very important, as it marks both Juneteenth and Pride.
Since our inception in 2011, BN has ALWAYS celebrated and supported our LGBTQ+ members, and as well those who are in our leadership (including yours truly with my pansexual identity). In fact, it is right there in our mission statement. We understand that supporting religious recovery and healing also means supporting those who are struggling with their sexual and gender identities due to religious and societal stigmas. This is also very important to liberation in Black communities, and we stand firm on this.
As we prepare for the upcoming Juneteenth weekend festivities, remember that there have always been LGBTQ+ activists and voices who have made great contributions and sacrifices for our communities. Attempts to try to silence the expression of our sexual and gender identities is a gross reinforcement of patriarchy, religious oppression, and even White Supremacy. Black identities and liberation very much include the nonreligious and our LGBTQ+ family and friends, and we must never forget this.
So I say, let’s celebrate Juneteenth AND Pride month together. And continue to make our presence known, and voices loudly heard.