The National Black Justice Coalition representative said the DC group has brought Shaw's case to the attention of the U.S. Justice Department, and the Executive Director of Equality Maryland said that this incident shows that the LGBT community's woes don't end with the passage of Gay Marriage. “We have plenty of work to do on the ground level, and we are committed to eliminating this level of hateful violence in every dark corner and alley of this city, state and country,” said Ms. Evans. “You are not a victim brother Kenny, you were victimized; yet, you stand here in triumph today conquering your attackers and bringing a voice to the voiceless of this city!” [said] Michael Brewer, NBJC.

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Activists, public officials and residents gathered Saturday outside an east Baltimore liquor store — where a man was severely beaten on Christmas Day — to protest violent attacks on gay people. Representatives from the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization that campaigns against homophobia, said the group had brought Shaw's case to the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice as an example of the "crisis of violence" affecting black gay people.

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization, stands in solidarity with Kenni Shaw. The DC-based advocacy group joins the Baltimore community to ensure that this violent crime is properly investigated and that justice for Kenni Shaw is served.

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January 23-27, the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is coming to Atlanta! Creating Change is an annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies. NBJC will be among this year's presenters. Join us for our workshops "A Morning With NBJC: LGBT Emerging Leaders Briefing" and "Beyond 2012: Crafting an Agenda for the Black LGBT Community."

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Earlier this month — December 17th, 2012 — was the 10th annual International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, a day for mourning and solidarity for Ridgway's victims and all sex workers who have been murdered or harmed. It's also a day for acknowledging and addressing the structural violence that we live with, as sex workers and in all of our communities.

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