Fellows who focus on LGBTQ+ Rights and Liberation work to ensure equal civil liberties and rights for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other sexual and gender minorities. This includes, but is not limited to, fighting for: equal protection under the law for the LGBTQ+ community; equal rights and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression; marriage equality; increased resources for LGBTQ+ youth; an end to violence against the LGBTQ+ community; and increased awareness about issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community among all Americans.
An example of LGBTQ+ rights and liberation activism is 2012 Fellow Alray Nelson’s work advocating for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals within the Navajo tribe of which he is a member.
Many thanks to Caitlinn Quinn ’13, Erik Lampmann ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of 2007 Fellow Paloma Ibanez and 2010 Fellow Ryane Ridenour at a LGBTQ equality rally.