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NABJ Updates Gender ID Categories to Ensure More Inclusivity of LGBTQ+ Members

Thursday, March 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members may have recently noticed some important changes on organizational forms.  

 

In alignment with our commitment to promoting diversity, NABJ is pleased to announce updates to our gender categories.

 

“We proudly make these changes as we further our continued efforts to embrace inclusion within the nation’s largest association for journalists of color,” said President Sarah Glover. “The Board’s decision to implement these efforts was made to support inclusivity for all members and we are grateful to the LGBTQ Task Force for inspiring this decision.”

 

NABJ launched new gender identity categories on the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair registration form and these changes will also be seen on future surveys and member-related forms used by our organization.

 

The NABJ LGBTQ Task Force submitted a proposal to the NABJ Board last year to expand the gender identity portion of all NABJ forms. NABJ LGBTQ Task Force co-chairs Tre’vell Anderson and Ernest Owens formally submitted the proposal at the summer 2018 Board of Directors meeting and subsequently worked with stakeholders to implement the changes, which recently took effect.

 

“Our role as members of NABJ is to support and advocate on behalf of black journalists worldwide," said Tre'vell Anderson, LGBTQ Task Force co-chair and president of NABJ's Los Angeles Chapter. "Historically, however, we haven't done as much as possible to ensure that black journalists who are members of LGBTQ+ communities feel welcomed and affirmed, and that we, too, feel comfortable calling NABJ family. Something as simple as revising organization registration forms to allow LGBTQ+ people wishing to identify as such the chance to do so, speaks volumes.”

 

Going forward, new gender identification categories on the NABJ membership application and other forms will include:

  • Female

  • Male

  • Transgender

  • Female

  • Transgender male

  • Non-binary/third gender

  • I choose not to self-identify

  • Other

 

"The legacy of NABJ's first openly gay national president, Thomas Morgan, lives on in this proposal, which further creates a more inclusive organization that he helped champion through his leadership," said Ernest Owens, LGBTQ Task Force co-chair. "With the support of the task force and the NABJ Board, members from all gender and sexual orientation backgrounds will now be more seen and heard."

 

NABJ sought input from and consulted with stakeholders and national organizations, such as GLAAD and The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA).

 

NABJ especially appreciates input received from former NABJ Board members Michelle Johnson and Jerry McCormick, as well as NABJ member and NLGJA President Sharif Durhams.



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