NCLR stands for National Center for Lesbian Rights, so it isn’t surprising many people don’t know how integral this powerhouse of an organization has been in the fight for ALL of our rights.
This episode of The Nicholas Snow Show shines the spotlight on NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon, who is indeed serving on the front lines of the battle for our lives. We not only to reflect on NCLR’s history, discuss the vital work NCLR is doing today.
NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.
Previously, Imani served as the Executive Director for Affinity Community Services. Affinity is a social justice organization that works with the entire LGBTQ community with a focus on Black women. She also served as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center, part of Howard Brown Health in Chicago, serving LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability.
Imani is known for her visionary leadership. In 2020 The Chicago Foundation presented her with the Impact Award. In 2021 she was presented with the Freedom Award from Equality Illinois, and has been named the 2021 Sex Education Trailblazer by SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change.
Imani received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mission:: NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.
What We Do: NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBTQ community; provides free legal assistance to LGBTQ people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBTQ issues.
Our Impact: NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBTQ people and their families across the country. Our free legal assistance empowers individuals to assert their own legal rights. Our community and public education broadens public support for LGBTQ equality.