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Kate Kendell Walks the Talk

16 May Posted by in • Robin Lowey | Comments Off on Kate Kendell Walks the Talk
Kate Kendell Walks the Talk

Kate Kendell, Esq, Executive Director of NCLR kisses her spouse Sandy Holmes in public without hesitation. We are at a fundraising event in Palm Springs, but I have no doubt Kate will exhibit PDA’s with her wife whenever and wherever she pleases, and undoubtedly at this years’ NCLR gala.

This Saturday I’m heading to the NCLR 2011 Anniversary Celebration—AKA, the lesbian party of the year — as I have each year for the past decade. And this year promises to be nothing less than spectacular. The anniversary dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco will be emceed by the hilarious Kate Clinton, with keynote speaker Kate Kendell and these honorees: First-ever openly LGBT country music star Chely Wright and her father, Stan Wright, First-ever openly transgender Division I basketball player Kye Allums, Former Belmont University soccer coach Lisa Howe, and NCLR founder and retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Donna Hitchens.

The anniversary party is at the Metreon across the street from 8 until midnight. In past years I’ve partied with the likes of Jane Lynch, Tracy Chapman, Sharon Stone, Glenn Close, Ilene Chaiken and Vicki Randle. But who knows which hot celebrity will turn me down when I ask them to dance this year? DJ Rockaway from Hot Flash and Olivia fame will be rocking the house, so maybe this time I’ll get lucky.

Learn more about the event and buy tickets here

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is important to you and here’s why:

NCLR: The audacity to fight for justice. The perseverance to win.

NCLR serves more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all fifty states each year, including LGBT seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. And their impact litigation serves all LGBT people in the United States.

They started as pioneers. And they still are.
In 1977, a brave and determined woman—fresh out of law school and eager to make a difference—decided to put her knowledge to good use. As a legal scholar, Donna Hitchens saw the courtroom as a way to change the world. As a lesbian, she had experienced frustrations and fears—both personal and professional—and didn’t want others to suffer the same. And as a future parent, she knew she would face even more challenges ahead.

On this foundation, the National Center for Lesbian Rights was born.
That was over three decades ago. Today, that pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to advance the civil and human rights of LGBT people continues. Each year, through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education, NCLR helps more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families nationwide. And their precedent-setting case victories literally re-write the law, changing the legal landscape for all LGBT people and families across the nation. For three decades they’ve led historic cases, and today they are still trailblazing in pursuit of justice, fairness, and legal protections for all LGBT people.

Making change means changing everything.
From a humble yet tenacious initial focus on addressing the overlooked discrimination against lesbians, NCLR has grown to expand its life—and law—changing work in order to advance the legal landscape for every LGBT person. No stone will go unturned in pursuit of their goal of achieving full and equal access to civil and human rights for all. Their programs focusing on employment, immigration, youth, elder law, transgender law, sports, marriage, relationship protections, reproductive rights, and family law create safer homes, safer jobs, and a more just world.

NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm which litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.

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