LGBTQ+ Rights & Liberation



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.


Swarthmore API Network

Xinghua Wu envisions a campus that is an intellectually and spiritually stimulating place for both domestic and international students who
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Social Justice at USD

Sophia worked to increase the political engagement of University of San Diego students and create programs that fight against acts
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With the support of Young People For, Brett launched the Blueprint projectGUESS (Gay Uncensored Educational Supplement for Society), which provides
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Mississippi Pride Run

Devins Blueprint supported the 2nd Annual Mississippi Pride Run, which took place in the spring of 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi.
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LGBTQ+ SafeSpace Program

Zanes Blueprint calls for the development and launch of a campus LGBTQ+ SafeSpace Program. This program involves training students, faculty,
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Justice for LGBT Students

Steven’s Blueprint addressed school safety with specific regard to LGBT high school students. Because conservatism and closed-mindedness contributed to the
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Grrrls Night

Pop culture’s misrepresentation, lack of representation, and generally oppressive treatment of women, queer people, people of color, and other marginalized
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Down with Discrimination

John’s Blueprint adressed the problems of sexual assult, violence towards LGBT-indentified people, and discirmination based on gender identity and expression
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Diversity at Middlebury

Jay co-authored a thesis, The Analyst and the Activist: Discourse Surrounding Wall Street Recruitment and Resistance at Middlebury College, which
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Buying for Equality

Richmond Blake passed a campus resolution to exmpand his school’s non-discrimination policy to include gender-identity. To increase campus support, he
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Arts as Activism

Brandons blueprint addresses youth expression and empowerment through a group led creative writing workshop for queer youth of color during
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Ally Project

Joshuas Blueprint addressed the issues of bullying, dissmissal, and ignorance of LGBTQ bullying, harrassment and same-gender sexual assalt by campus
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