Center for Black Equity

Center for Black Equity The Center for Black Equity (CBE) is committed to supporting leaders, institutions and programs for health, economic and social equity for LGBTQ people of African descent.

The Center for Black Equity refocuses and elevates the deep commitment to our mission of achieving equality and justice for Black LGBT communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity. This shift fosters a much needed sense of urgency to increase the public’s understanding of the myriad challenges LGBT communities of African descent face on a dail

The Center for Black Equity refocuses and elevates the deep commitment to our mission of achieving equality and justice for Black LGBT communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity. This shift fosters a much needed sense of urgency to increase the public’s understanding of the myriad challenges LGBT communities of African descent face on a dail

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“I think someone entered something in your chart wrong,” a physician's assistant said to me over a video call on Saturda...
01/20/2022
I Got COVID Three Times

“I think someone entered something in your chart wrong,” a physician's assistant said to me over a video call on Saturday. “It says you’ve had COVID-19 three times.”

http://ow.ly/XgG150Hv5jB

Don’t worry, you (probably) won’t become me. But yes, you can get COVID twice, and even more.

The agency looked at 1,228,664 people who were vaccinated between December 2020 and October 2021 …*Of those, 2,256 devel...
01/19/2022
CDC study highlights just how little risk COVID is to the vaccinated

The agency looked at 1,228,664 people who were vaccinated between December 2020 and October 2021 …

*Of those, 2,256 developed COVID, or 0.1%
*Of those, 189 had a serious outcome, or 0.01%
*Of those, 36 died, or 0.0029%
*Roughly 28 of those who died had four or more comorbidities, including immunosuppression, diabetes, and chronic kidney, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic and/or liver disease.

In short, if you’re vaccinated, the risk of death, or even hospitalization, from COVID is infinitesimally small. Like being-struck-by-lightning-in-your-lifetime small.

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If you’re still not convinced about getting vaccinated, or still believe that we need restrictive mandates to fight COVID, then you should take a look at the latest study by the CDC, highlighted by…

Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no sh...
01/19/2022
COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number.

https://www.covidtests.gov

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

It has been clear for nearly two years — well before the delta and omicron surges — that wearing N95-caliber masks indoo...
01/18/2022
Perspective | The Biden administration is wrong. Many N95 masks are comfortable — and they work.

It has been clear for nearly two years — well before the delta and omicron surges — that wearing N95-caliber masks indoors provides superior protection against the coronavirus than surgical and cloth masks, both for the person wearing them and for others. That is why the White House requires N95s to be worn when around the president and his family — even though staff are also vaccinated and regularly tested.

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The masks are easy to breathe in, and they’re easy to find now, too.

01/14/2022

**visit thetruthcheck.org**

"Misinformation about Covid-19 tests has spiked across social media in recent weeks, researchers say, as coronavirus cases have surged again worldwide because of the highly infectious Omicron variant.

The burst of misinformation threatens to further stymie public efforts to keep the health crisis under control. Previous spikes in pandemic-related falsehoods focused on the vaccines, masks and the severity of the virus. The falsehoods help undermine best practices for controlling the spread of the coronavirus, health experts say, noting that misinformation remains a key factor in vaccine hesitancy."

Learn how to filter your social media feed, visit TheTruthCheck.org
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COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise rapidly across most of the United States. The current 7-day average of daily new c...
01/13/2022

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise rapidly across most of the United States. The current 7-day average of daily new cases is 782,766, a 33.2% increase from the previous week. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and can help prevent COVID-19 and severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Everyone ages 5+ years is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12+ years is eligible for a free COVID-19 booster shot.
Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Get vaccinated.
• Get a booster dose when you’re eligible.
• Wear a mask in indoor public settings.
• Get tested or take a self-test before gathering.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/36EDJQI.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise rapidly across most of the United States. The current 7-day average of daily new cases is 782,766, a 33.2% increase from the previous week. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and can help prevent COVID-19 and severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Everyone ages 5+ years is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12+ years is eligible for a free COVID-19 booster shot.
Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Get vaccinated.
• Get a booster dose when you’re eligible.
• Wear a mask in indoor public settings.
• Get tested or take a self-test before gathering.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/36EDJQI.

01/13/2022
Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests | CMS

Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. That means a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions.

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As part of its ongoing efforts across many channels to expand Americans’ access to free testing, the Biden-Harris Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get the...

Congratulations to Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins, who was unanimously elected Council President by her ...
01/13/2022

Congratulations to Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins, who was unanimously elected Council President by her colleagues. Jenkins, who was elected in 2017, is first out Black trans person elected to public office in the USA.

Andrea Jenkins for Ward 8

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Congratulations to Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins, who was unanimously elected Council President by her colleagues. Jenkins, who was elected in 2017, is first out Black trans person elected to public office in the USA.

Andrea Jenkins for Ward 8

nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/andrea-jenkins-makes-history-1st-openly-transgender-city-council-presi-rcna11829

About one in 4 U.S. hospitals with intensive care units, or 713 total hospitals, recently reported that at least 95 perc...
01/11/2022
How Full Are Hospital I.C.U.s Near You?

About one in 4 U.S. hospitals with intensive care units, or 713 total hospitals, recently reported that at least 95 percent of their I.C.U. beds were full. In the week ending Dec. 30, an average of 77 percent of intensive care hospital beds were occupied nationwide, according to a dataset released weekly by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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See how many Covid-19 patients are being treated, and how many I.C.U. beds remain available, at individual U.S. hospitals.

Self-proclaimed “butchest of all queens,” dancer and performer Savion Ashford, a.k.a. Savion Garcon of the House of Garc...
01/10/2022
Breakout 'Legendary' Star Savion Garcon Opens Up About Living With HIV

Self-proclaimed “butchest of all queens,” dancer and performer Savion Ashford, a.k.a. Savion Garcon of the House of Garcon, shined on HBO Max’s Legendary. In 2020, Ashford made it onto the second season of the ballroom competition show along with his fellow house members. The team ended up the underdogs of the season, making it to the semi-finals. Ashford made news again the following year when he spoke out about living with HIV, exactly 14 years after first being diagnosed. Ashford, a barber and makeup artist in Atlanta, said on Twitter that he’s “living happily and healthy with HIV,” and recently spoke to Plus about his announcement, the ball scene, and what’s next.

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Savion Ashford of the House of Garcon is making the most out of a memorable TV appearance.

COVID-19 vaccine protection lessens over time. Get your COVID-19 booster to increase your protection from COVID-19, incl...
01/10/2022

COVID-19 vaccine protection lessens over time. Get your COVID-19 booster to increase your protection from COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.

Find your booster: www.vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 vaccine protection lessens over time. Get your COVID-19 booster to increase your protection from COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.

Find your booster: www.vaccines.gov.

Congratulations to MJ Rodriguez on becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe taking the award for “Be...
01/10/2022

Congratulations to MJ Rodriguez on becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe taking the award for “Best Actress in a TV drama” for her role as house mother and nurse Blanca on the FX show "Pose."

Congratulations to MJ Rodriguez on becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe taking the award for “Best Actress in a TV drama” for her role as house mother and nurse Blanca on the FX show "Pose."

Transgender adults were three times as likely as cisgender people to experience food insecurity this year, according to ...
01/04/2022
Transgender people are three times as likely to go hungry, new census data shows

Transgender adults were three times as likely as cisgender people to experience food insecurity this year, according to new data analyzed by the Williams Institute at UCLA. The data, which was collected by the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey between June and October 2021, showed that more than a quarter of transgender adults in the United States reported sometimes or often not having enough to eat, compared with just 8 percent of cisgender adults. Trans people of color were especially vulnerable. Nearly 36 percent experienced food insecurity.

http://ow.ly/qAt150HnbqK

Transgender people are also less likely to seek help from food pantries or to sign up for food assistance, partly out of fear of disrimination.

From the former Surgeon General and retweeted by Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
01/04/2022

From the former Surgeon General and retweeted by Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

From the former Surgeon General and retweeted by Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

Dig into the science of coronaviruses and find out how they cause diseases such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. http://ow.l...
01/03/2022
What is a coronavirus? - Elizabeth Cox

Dig into the science of coronaviruses and find out how they cause diseases such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

http://ow.ly/KvaQ50Hl7V2

Dig into the science of coronaviruses and find out how they cause diseases such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. --For almost a decade, scientists chased the sou...

More than 53 million people in the U.S. have had confirmed coronavirus infections and more than 820,000 have died of COV...
12/30/2021
Tracking the coronavirus around the U.S.: See how your state is doing

More than 53 million people in the U.S. have had confirmed coronavirus infections and more than 820,000 have died of COVID-19. Thousands of new cases are reported daily nationwide. In the graphics below, explore the trends in your state.

View the data via a heat map (immediately below), curve charts, a table of state-by-state trends over four weeks, or a map of total cases and deaths.

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View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are under control and where cases are still spreading.

With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indo...
12/29/2021
With omicron, you need a mask that means business

With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you've heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it's seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you're in public indoor spaces.

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To block a variant this transmissible, scientists say you need an N95 or other high-filtration mask. Here's how to find a good one and when to wear it.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck's antiviral pill, molnupiravir, to treat Covid-19 "for ...
12/28/2021
FDA authorizes second antiviral pill to treat Covid-19

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck's antiviral pill, molnupiravir, to treat Covid-19 "for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate."

http://ow.ly/nEXL50HihpC

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck's antiviral pill, molnupiravir, to treat Covid-19 "for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to sev...

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a plan to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid tests to Americans beginnin...
12/27/2021
Biden lays out new efforts against omicron in address to nation

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a plan to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid tests to Americans beginning in January, doubling down on an effort to slow the spread of a highly transmissible variant that has hit the U.S. distressingly close to the holidays.
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The Biden administration's new efforts come as the omicron variant became the most dominant COVID-19 strain in the country Monday.

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Two of our women in the DC metropolitan area and the house and ballroom community; Angela Brown and Charmaine Eccles-Garçon were honored and awarded yesterday by the Center for Black Equity for their contributions to the city and community at the 2021 DC Black Pride Awards Reception. Congratulations to both of you and thank you for all that you do for this community and world. (Speeches in the comment section)
Join the Center for Black Equity on Wednesday, July 21 as we honor the 2021 DC Black Pride recipients: - DeMarc Hickson PhD - Welmore Cook Award - Angela Brown - Welmore Cook Award - Ernest Hopkins - Ernest Hopkins Award - Stephaun Wallace PhD - President’s Award - Brian K. Bond - Curtis L. Etherly Jr. Ally Award - Channing Wickham - Curtis L. Etherly Jr. Ally Award - TAG: The Alliance Group at University of DC - DC Black Pride Leadership Award - Greg Evans Real Estate Group - DC Black Pride Small Business Award - Charmaine Eccles - Earline Budd Award - DC Attorney General Karl Racine - Eleanor Holmes Norton Award - Courtney Baker-Oliver III - Alan Sharpe Award - Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks - Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks Award - Jaye Wynn - Charlotte Smallwood Volunteer of the Year Award The evening will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The program begins at 7:15 p.m. This is a 21 and up-only event. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at dcblackpride.org/reception. #12monthsofblackpride #DCBLACKPRIDE #DCBP See Less
⭐️Look what you did!⭐️ Because of your generosity and support, we raised $5200 for The Trevor Project, The Ali Forney Center, GLSEN, and the Center for Black Equity! That’s the total proceeds across all formats for A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR and ONE TIME ONLY in the month of June! Thank you for helping to make a difference in so many lives!
Thank you to everyone who followed along this #PrideMonth. We spotlighted four incredible organizations & donated over $1,000 to their causes. Here's to making sure everyone feels like they belong 🏳️‍🌈 CFS - Sexual Health Centre Center for Black Equity Trans Lifeline Rainbow Railroad #Pride #Pride2021 #Community https://chaordix.com/community-pride
Surprise! We had so many great conversations to bring you in our final episode of #WhatMakesPride, with host Melissa Harris-Perry, that we're giving you a two-parter to conclude the Series, premiering back-to-back. This first part will introduce viewers to the Center for Black Equity, and segway into a conversation with BIPOC families of LGBTQ+ people. Earl Fowlkes is the President at the Center for Black Equity. Their mission is to promote a multinational #LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination. Be sure to tune in to Episode 5, Pt. II right after this at 12:15 PM ET / 9:15 PM PT, where we speak to some wonderful BIPOC families of LGBTQ+ people. New here? What Makes Pride is a new series from PFLAG National, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, dedicated to uplifting the work and lives--and sharing the stories--of LGBTQ+ BIPOC people, communities, and grassroots organizations. Learn more at: pflag.org/WhatMakesPride.
We take pride in embracing a culture where uniqueness and the freedom to be yourself is celebrated. Our dedication to #LGBTQ+ rights extends nationally and supports organizations such as CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Center for Black Equity, The Pride Network, and Family Equality. #PRIDEMonth
Surprise! We had so many great conversations to bring you in our final episode of #WhatMakesPride, with host Melissa Harris-Perry, that we're giving you a two-parter to conclude the Series, premiering back-to-back. This second part will introduce viewers to BIPOC families of #LGBTQ+ people. Aruna Rao is a PFLAG National Board Member and Executive Director at Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies Inc.; Gizella Czene is Facilitator and Board Member for PFLAG en Español; Sung Tse is President at PFLAG - San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander; and Robert A. Marchman, Esq., Secretary sits on the PFLAG National Board of Directors. Be sure to tune in to Episode 5, Pt. I right before this at 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT, where we introduce you to the Center for Black Equity: pflagnation.al/WMPEp5-Pt1. New here? What Makes Pride is a new series from PFLAG National, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, dedicated to uplifting the work and lives--and sharing the stories--of LGBTQ+ BIPOC people, communities, and grassroots organizations. Learn more at: pflag.org/WhatMakesPride.
Surprise! We had so many great conversations to bring you in our final episode of #WhatMakesPride, with host Melissa Harris-Perry, that we're giving you a two-parter to conclude the Series, premiering back-to-back. This first part will introduce viewers to the Center for Black Equity, and segway into a conversation with BIPOC families of LGBTQ+ people. Earl Fowlkes is the President of the Center for Black Equity. Their mission is to promote a multinational #LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination. Be sure to tune in to Episode 5, Pt. II right after this at 12:15 PM ET / 9:15 AM PT, where we speak to some wonderful BIPOC families of LGBTQ+ people: pflagnation.al/WMPEp5-Pt2. New here? What Makes Pride is a new series from PFLAG National, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, dedicated to uplifting the work and lives--and sharing the stories--of LGBTQ+ BIPOC people, communities, and grassroots organizations. Learn more at: pflag.org/WhatMakesPride.
Happy Pride Month! GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education, and they’ve been championing these LGBTQ issues since 1990. GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. For the entire month of June, all eBook and Audio proceeds for my MM romances, A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR and ONE TIME ONLY, are going to support The Trevor Project, the Ali Forney Center, GLSEN, and the Center for Black Equity! Grab your copy or gift one and make a difference today! You can get the eBooks for just $2.99 this month! https://laurenblakely.com/lgbtqromance/
Join Center for Black Equity Deputy Director, Kenya Garçon Hutton on Wednesday, June 30 for a conversation with author Jasmine Christine Ford about her new book “Flight of a Beautiful Life”.
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What are you doing at 7:00 P.M. Eastern? The One Mic Stand with SimplyNay is one the way! Today's guest is Kenya Hutton Garçon, Deputy Director of the Center for Black Equity. You don't want to miss date night with the D.C. Sweetpea, SimplyNay.