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NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS
August 15, 2008

If you don’t already know who the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is and the amazing, crucial, and effective work they are doing for all of the LGBT community you need to check them out (nclrights.org): their hard work and smarts are a major reason why we have the right to marry in California and WILL defeat the homophobes in November! As a queer man of color, I truly believe that what they are fighting for and accomplishing on marriage, family, work, discrimination, HIV, seniors, youth, and trans issues are some of the most important battles and strategic victories for any queer person alive today, anyone who cares about a queer person, and anyone who cares about American social justice and civil rights in our lifetime.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the legal cases they win and precedents they set, time after time.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire the current staff immediately and turn the reins over to them.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The values, the leadership, the lack of ego, the way they keep their eye on the prize: it is always about the client and the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible. The leadership from Kate Kendell and Shannon Minter is unparalleled. If only all our leaders could be like them. The NCLR staff and board is inspired and carries that same vision and leadership.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally change the world as we know it. I get goosebumps thinking what Kate and NCLR could do with that kind of money!

Ways to make it better...

not possible!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Political climate and backlash. And being "the best kept secret" of the queer community. And, as always, FUNDING.

One thing I'd also say is that...

NCLR has been a visionary leader for the past 31 years, one step ahead of all of us, and they haven't broken stride. They're still leading the way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a donor and also volunteer to help them raise even more funds.