Director, Engaging Tradition Project
Center for Gender and Sexuality Law
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York, New York 10027
Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
B.A. 1979 Double Major: English & Political Science
7/11 – Present
Director of the Engaging Tradition Project, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School. Research, write and convene on impact of ideas about and idea of tradition on movements for sexual, gender and social justice.
9/10 – 06/12
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Advisor to Sexuality and Social Justice Project; researching a new book.
7/10 – Present
President, The Vaid Group, LLC, New York, NY
The Vaid Group advises individuals and organizations working to achieve social justice and LGBT human rights on strategy, program development, organizational structure and resource development.
9/05 – 6/10
Executive Director, Arcus Foundation and Arcus Operating Foundation
Kalamazoo, MI, New York, NY and Cambridge, UK
Arcus is a private global grant making foundation that focuses its work in the fields of human rights and conservation, specifically LGBT human rights and conservation of great apes. Arcus is the largest private funder in these areas. Led strategic planning; organizational infrastructure design and implementation; program, financial and organizational development, evaluation strategy; grant making systems design and development to enable Foundation to achieve its current global status.
1/01 – 8/05
Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit, The Ford Foundation (8/01-8/05) and Program Officer, US Civil Society Program (1/01-8/05). New York, NY. Served on Foundation’s leadership team for the Peace and Social Justice Program to lead global program on Governance and Civil Society; developed innovative global and national funding initiatives; budget development for Unit; managed national initiatives and evaluation projects; extensive global travel and representation of Foundation.
4/97 – 1/01
Director, The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), New York NY. Expanded organization’s public policy think tank from one-person staff to staff of 9; launched Racial and Economic Justice Initiative and a number of strategic projects aimed at strengthening collaboration and information sharing between LGBT and social justice movements.
1/93 – 9/95 and 10/95 – Present
Writer, lecturer and strategist on LGBT and social justice organizing. Researched and wrote first book, Virtual Equality (1/93-9/95). Lectured extensively at college campuses and professional meetings (see below for listing). Advised various grassroots groups on advocacy and organizational strategy.
9/86 – 12/92
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (7/89-12/92) and Public Information Director, NGLTF (9/86-6/89),Washington DC. Led NGLTF to achieve major policy wins on HIV, anti-violence and LGBT rights at national level; expanded state level advocacy and training programs; co-founded national Creating Change Conference; initiated work on religion, military reform, family policy, sodomy repeal, racial justice, progressive alliance building.
9/83 – 8/86
Staff Attorney, National Prison Project, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC. Conducted federal class action litigation to improve prison conditions; initiated work on HIV/AIDS policies in federal and state prisons.
3/12 Susan Love Award, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA.
11/10 David Kessler Award, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), City University of New York
10/10 Ken Dawson Advocacy Award, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), New York, NY
8/09 Eric Rofes Award for LGBT Leadership, Mass Equality. Provincetown, MA
03/08 Lifetime Achievement Award, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York NY.
2006 Dan Bradley Award, National Lesbian & Gay Law Association. Washington DC.
06/02 Honoring With Pride, American Foundation for AIDS Research, New York, NY
3/01 Jessie Bernard Wise Woman Award, Center for Women Policy Studies, Washington DC.
12/00 New York Immigrant Achievement Award, American Immigration Law Foundation, New York
1/00 Community Visibility Award, Asian Pacific Gays and Friends, Los Angeles, CA
11/99 Selected by A. Magazine: Inside Asian America as one of One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans of the Past Decade.
10/99 Community Service Award, Elections Committee of the County of Orange, CA.
5/99 Honorary Degree. City University of New York, Queens College of Law.
10/98 Outstanding Lesbian Award for Community Empowerment. Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation. New York, NY.
5/97 Rockefeller Residential Fellowship in the Humanities for the 1997-1998 academic year, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York. New York, NY.
2/97 Civil Rights Leadership Award, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. New York NY.
10/96 National Leadership Award, a $10,000 grant given by the Rainbow Card Endowment. Washington DC.
7/96 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award in Non-Fiction, 1996. American Library Association for Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation.
5/96 Lambda Liberty Award, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.
12/95 A. Magazine One of 25 most Influential Asian Americans of the year.
12/94 Time Magazine “Fifty for the Future” nationally, and one of “100 for the Future”, its international listing of promising leaders under 40.
5/92 Community Service Award, Northeastern University School of Law Class of 1992.
1/91 Stonewall Award, Paul Anderson Prize Foundation for outstanding leadership for LGBT rights.
PUBLICATIONS – Books and Chapters
Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics. Magnus Books, 2012.
Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. Anchor Books. 1996.
Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights, edited by John D’Emilio, William Turner and Urvashi Vaid. St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Forward: Strategic Action for LGBT Liberation. In Strategies For Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizing, edited by Yolanda C. Padilla. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services Numbers 3-4, 2004.
What’s Sexuality got to do With It? Chapter in Race In 21st Century America, edited by Curtis Stokes, Theresa Melendez and Genice Rhodes-Reid. Michigan State University Press. 2001.
Getting There Means Mapping Here: Challenges to Collaborations between a GLBT and Labor Movement, Chapter in Out at Work: Building A Gay-Labor Alliance, edited by Kitty Krupat and Patrick McCreery. University of Minnesota Press. 2001.
Sex, Love and Birth Control in the 21st Century. This is What Lesbian Looks Like, edited by Kris Kliendienst. Firebrand Books. 1999.
A Shared Politics of Social Justice. Interview with David Barsamian, in Talking About A Revolution, edited by South End Press Collective. South End Press. 1998.
Introduction. Hospital Time by Amy Hoffman. Duke University Press. 1997.
To Dare To Dream, Closing chapter in Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay & Lesbian Movement, ed. by Mark Thompson. St. Martin’s Press. 1994.
Preface. My American History by Sarah Schulman. Routledge. 1994.
Outing. Chapter in Gauntlet: Exploring The Limits of Free Speech Ed. Barry Hoffman. Gauntlet, Springfield, PA. 1991
Media Skills Workshop For Gay & Lesbian Activists and Organizations. NGLTF, 1988.
Prisons. Chapter, AIDS & The Law. Ed. Harlon Dalton, et al. Yale University Press, 1987.
PUBLICATIONS – Articles
VaidBlog, published at www.urvashivaid.net, July 2010 – Present.
“Still Ain’t Satisfied: The Limits of LGBT Politics,” American Prospect, May 2012.
“More Coffee Klatches.” The Advocate, No. 884, March 4, 2003
“Race, Gender, Culture,” The Advocate, No. 875, October 29, 2002
“Watching the Watchers,” The Advocate, No. 885, July 23, 2002.
“Our Poverty is Our Silence”. The Advocate, April 16, 2002.
The Advocate, No. 852, December 3, 2001.
The Advocate, No. 839, June 5, 2001.
“Silence of The Lambdas,” The Advocate, No.833, March 13, 2001.
The Advocate, No. 826, December 5, 2000.
The Advocate, No. 820, September 10, 2000.
The Advocate, No, 813, June 6, 2000.
“Virtual Discourse”, The Advocate, No. 807 March 14, 2000.
Inclusion, Exclusion and Occlusion: The Queer Idea of Asian Pacific American-ness, Amerasia Journal, edited by Russell Leong, 25-3 (1999).
“Dining As Entertainment,” The Advocate, No. 800, December 7, 1999.
The Advocate, No. 794, September 14, 1999.
“Sloth As an Act of Revolution” The Stranger, June 1999.
“Freedom of gender expression,” The Advocate, No. 787 June 8, 1999.
“The Myth of Gay and Lesbian Affluence,” Jay Weiser and Urvashi Vaid, In These Times, Summer 1999.
“Playing the Ex-Gay Games,” The Advocate, September 1, 1998.
“We Are Devo,” The Advocate, May 26, 1998
“Panic or Panacea?” The Advocate, December 8, 1997
“Calling All Lesbians,” The Advocate, September 10, 1997
“Activism Phobia,” The Advocate, June 10, 1997.
“Coalition As Goal Not Process, Gay Community News, Spring 1997.
“Identity, “ Trikone, January 1997.
“Hope Versus Hype,” The Advocate, December 24, 1996.
“Real Life Scary Stories,” The Advocate, September 24, 1996.
“The Status Quo of The Status Queer,” Gay Community News, Spring/Summer 1994.
“What’s New?”, The Advocate, December 13, 1993.
“Alien Nation”, The Advocate, September 21, 1993.
Column in “The Queer Nation”, The Nation, July 5, 1993.
“Compromising Positions,” The Advocate, June 26, 1993.
“After Identity”, New Republic, May 10, 1993.
“Funding Lesbian Organizations”. Women in Foundations Newsletter. Fall 1992.
“Selected Bibliography of Resources on Gay & Lesbian and AIDS Issues In South Asia”. NGLTF Policy Institute, April 1992.
“Balanced Response Needed to AIDS In Prison, ” NPP Journal. No. 7, Spring 1986.
“NPP Gathers the Facts on AIDS in Prisons.” NPP Journal. No. 6, Winter 1985.
PUBLIC LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS & PAPERS
03/12 Marriage and Beyond: What Comes Next?” St. Cloud State University, MN.
11/08/11 Women As Public Intellectuals: The Legacies of Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan, 2011 Jane Jacobs Forum, Municipal Arts Society, New York, NY.
11/05/11 Assume The Position: Class and the LGBT Movement, Keynote address at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
10/13/11 Mapping The Right, Political Research Associates Conference at Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy, Hunter College, New York, NY
11/18/10 What Can Brown Do For You: Race, Sexuality and the Future of LGBT Politics. Annual David Kessler Lecture, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York Graduate Center.
10/9/10 Plenary Panel presentation titled, Ending Patriarchy: Political Legacies of the 1970’s Lesbian Movement. At National Conference hosted by Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. CUNY Graduate Center titled “In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970’s”.
10/06/10 Plenary Panel on The Local Impact of Global Philanthropy. International Conference of the International Federation of Settlement Houses. NY, NY.
04/20/10 Where Does the LGBT Equality Movement Stand Today? Out and Equal Leadership Summit. New York, NY.
02/16/10 Beyond The Wedding Ring: LGBT Issues Today. Grand Valley State College. Grand Rapids, MI
10/23/09 Beyond The Wedding Ring: LGBT Issues in the Age of Obama. Washington University St. Louis. St. Louis MO.
10/11/09 National Equality March, Keynote Speech. Washington DC
6/26/09 Some Ideas about Effective Activism on LGBT Rights. Luncheon Keynote, United Church of Christ National Convention. Committee on GLB Concerns. Grand Rapids, MI.
6/13/09 Keynote Address, Kalamazoo Pride. Kalamazoo MI.
6/10/09 Keynote Panel – Women of Power, with Wilma Mankiller, Angela Oh, Reverend Willie Barrow, and Delores Huerta. Diversity and Aging Conference of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Chicago, Il.
5/15/09 Moderated Plenary Panel on Migration and Poverty at European Foundation Center (EFC) Annual Conference. Rome, Italy.
4/17/09 LGBT Politics and the Ten Steps of Activism. Keynote at Unitarian Universalist Association Intergenerational Seminar. Hunter College. New York, NY
1/29/09 Plenary Panel on State of the Movement, at NGLTF Creating Change Conference. Detroit, MI.
11/14/08 Why is this Moment Different from All Other Moments: Reflections on the LGBT Movement Today. Penn State University. State College, PA.
4/12/08 Keynote Address. Rainbow Families Conference. Minneapolis MN.
4/11/08 Keynote Panel, Conference on Race, Sex, Power: New Movements in Black and Latino/a Sexualities. University of Illinois Chicago. Chicago, IL.
May 2007 The Enemies of Love and the Future of GLBT Politics. University of Washington. Seattle WA.
4/19/07 Dare to Get Active. Community Lecture, Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality. Kalamazoo, MI.
1/26/07 Keynote Address, South Asian Action Network Annual Conference. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
9/13/06 Why Affirmative Action is Linked to GLBT Liberation. Community Lecture. Sponsored by Affirmations. Detroit, MI.
11/12/05 Conference Plenary Address, NGLTF Creating Change Conference, with John D’Emilio. Oakland, CA.
3/24/05 Looking Forward: The Future of LGBT Activism. Northeastern University School of Law. Boston, MA
4/21/04 Justice or Just Us: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Politics and the Challenge of Diversity. Rhode Island College Annual Diversity Lecture. Providence, RI.
3/6/04 Keynote address, Queer Asian Pacific Legacy: A Regional Conference. New York, NY.
2/19/04 Sexuality and Its Discontents. Miami University Ohio. Oxford, OH.
4/12/03 Sexuality and Its Discontents: What’s Race, Class and War Got to Do With It? University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Durham, NC.
4/8/03 Sexuality and Its Discontents: What’s Race, Class and War Got To Do With It? Wheaton College. Norton, MA.
4/5/03 Keynote Address – Resistant Strains: Viral, Political Social, 14th Annual Bayard Rustin Breakfast. AIDS Action Committee. Boston MA
3/29/03 Justice or Just-Us: Organizing Through Reactionary Times. Over The Rainbow Conference, University of Arizona. Tempe, AZ.
3/27/03 Beyond Backlash and Marginalization: Organizing For Liberation Through Reactionary Times. Matthew Shepherd Symposium on Social Justice, University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY.
6/16/02 Sexuality and Its Discontents. Ohio State University. Columbus, OH
6/15/02 Politics as An Act of Faith. Dinner Keynote at That All May Freely Serve, More Light Presbyterians, Shower of Stoles Project Gathering at the National Presbyterian Convention. Columbus, OH.
4/29/02 Sexuality and Its Discontents: The Challenge of Creating an Intersectional Practice. University of California Santa Cruz. CA
3/20/02 Lesbians and Feminism. Widener University. Chester, PA.
8/6/00 Keynote, Witness Our Welcome Conference. Chicago, IL
6/29/00 Keynote, Festival of Ideas. New Haven, CT.
6/27/00 Ethical Legal and Social Issues in Genetic Research, Panel on Sexual Orientation. Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH.
6/25/00 St. Louis Pride. St. Louis, MO.
6/24/00 Atlanta Pride. Atlanta, GA.
6/4/00 Nyack Gay and Lesbian Pride. Nyack, NY.
5/19/00 Opening Keynote, Statewide Texas Lesbian Conference. Houston, TX.
4/28/00 Opening Panel, The Color of Violence Conference: Ending Violence Against Women of Color. University of Santa Cruz. SC, CA.
4/14/00 Closing Panel, Religion and Sexuality Conference, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. CUNY, New York, NY
4/9/00 Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: The GLBT Movement At A Crossroads. Brandeis University. Boston, MA
4/2/00 Why Progressives Need to Stick Together: The Queer Angle. Goucher College. Baltimore, MD.
4/1/00 Strategies to Fight The Right Wing. Keynote Panel at Feminist Expo, Fund for a Feminist Majority Conference. Baltimore, MD.
3/30/00 Lecture, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.
3/27/00 Lecture, Bradley University. Peoria, IL.
3/25/00 Scientific Workshop on Lesbian Health. National Institute of Health. Washington, DC.
3/9/00 Lecture, West Virginia State University. Morgantown, WV.
3/4/00 Keynote, Massachusetts Statewide Safe Colleges Conference. Tufts University. Boston, MA.
11/21/99 Presentation to GLBT Caucus and Feminist Caucus at American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Boston, MA.
10/27/99 Identity And Its Discontents: The Virtues and Limits of GLBT Organizing. University of Richmond. Richmond, VA.
10/16/99 Keynote, Elections Committee of Orange County (ECCO) Annual Dinner. Santa Ana, CA.
10/15/99 Lecture, New York Humanities Institute. New York University. NY, NY.
10/11/99 Lecture, Ohio University. Athens, OH.
9/30/99 Beyond Identity: Collaborations for Social Change Philanthropy. Council on Foundations, Fall Conference for Community Foundations. Denver, CO.
8/28/99 Opening Panel Keynote, The Meaning of A Progressive Movement. Log Cabin Republican Clubs National Convention. New York, NY.
8/20/99 South Asian Youth Solidarity Summer. New York, NY.
6/26/99 Keynote, San Francisco Dyke March, San Francisco, CA.
6/19/99 Keynote, Michigan Gay and Lesbian Pride, East Lansing, MI.
4/24/99 Keynote at National Organization For Women Lesbian Rights Summit. Washington, DC.
4/22/99 Lecture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.
4/20/99 Council on Foundations Panel. New Orleans, LA.
4/16/99 Freedom to Love Equals Freedom to Live, Keynote Panel at Beyond Inclusion Conference of Integrity, Gay and Lesbian Episcopal organization. NY, NY.
4/10/99 Commentator, The Politics of Respectability Conference, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
4/9/99 What Inclusion Requires, Panel presentation at Race in the 21st Century Conference. Michigan State University. Lansing, MI.
4/7/99 From Wrongs To Rights: The State of GLBT Equality. Montgomery County Community College. Bluebell, PA.
2/27/99 Keynote, Unitarian Universalist Association Annual Convocation, Interweave. Atlanta, GA.
2/20/99 Inclusion, Exclusion and Occlusion: The Queer Idea of Asian Pacific American-ness. Keynote at East Coast Asian Student Union Annual Conference. Brown University. Providence, RI.
11/6/98 To What End? The Future of GLBT Politics. Queer Studies/Queer Activism: A Symposium. Smith College. Northampton, MA.
11/5/98 The Next Wave: The Case for a Progressive GLBT Movement. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
10/5/98 We Don’t Have Time To Flirt: The Challenge of Renewing the Base of a Social Justice Movement. West Virginia Civil Rights Summit, Opening Keynote. Charleston, WV.
9/25/98 Movement Building: Plenary Panel. National Network of Grant Makers Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
9/4/98 Panel on Community, American Political Science Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA.
5/31/98 We’re Here, We’re Queer, Now What? Community Lecture at New Mexico Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Albuquerque, NM.
5/4/98 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Civil Rights: The GLBT Movement At A Crossroads. Keynote Address at National Youth Advocacy Coalition Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
5/2/98 Activism on the Inside: Working for GLBT Equality in Corporate America. Keynote Address, Annual Conference of AT&T League. Phoenix, AZ.
4/30/98 Creating Change From The Inside Out. Keynote Address, Annual Conference, EQUAL, Lucent Technologies’ GLBT Employee Association. Columbus, OH.
4/28/98 The GLBT Movement. Panel at Council on Foundations Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
4/14/98 Organizing In An Intersection: Some Thoughts On The Past And Future of GLBT Politics. State University of New York, Albany. NY.
4/8/98 Organizing Against Silence: Some Thoughts on the Future. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA.
4/6/98 Politics, Style and the Future of the GLBT Movement. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ.
4/3/98 Virtual Equality: Some Thoughts on the Future of the GLBT Movement. State University of New York, Buffalo. Buffalo, NY.
3/25/98 Citizenship, Constituency and Statewide Institutions: A New Model for Increasing Participation in Queer Organizations. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Symposium. CUNY. New York, NY.
2/21/98 Politics, Style and the Future of the GLBT Movement. Keynote Address at the Midwest GLBT Student Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago. Chicago, IL.
2/14/98 Organizing In An Intersection. Southeastern GLBT Student Conference, University of Miami. Tampa, FL.
12/4/97 Virtual Equality. Hamilton College. Hamilton, NY.
10/10/97 Coming Out and Beyond. Carleton College. Minneapolis, MN.
10/6/97 Coming Out and Beyond. Washington University-St. Louis. St Louis, MO.
9/28/97 Panel, National Network of Women’s Foundations Annual Conference. Bloomington, MN.
8/21/97 Plenary Panel, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA.
6/21/97 Plenary Panel, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Convention. St. Louis, MO.
5/7/97 The Possibility of Coalitions. Institute for Social Responsibility, San Jose State University. San Jose, CA.
4/18/97 The State of the GLBT Movement. Princeton University, 25th Anniversary Celebration of GALA. Princeton, NJ.
4/14/97 Coalitions. University of Wisconsin at Madison. Madison, WI.
4/5/97 Lecture, University of Minnesota, Duluth. Duluth, MN.
4/3/97 Asian American Issues and GLBT People. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
3/2/97 The Possibility of Coalitions: A Queer Perspective. University of Colorado. Boulder, CO.
11/15/96 Keynote at the Opening of the Audre Lorde Project, a GLBT people of color community center. Brooklyn, NY.
11/2/96 Lecture, Oberlin College. Oberlin, OH.
1010/96 Lecture, Gettysburg College. Gettysburg, PA.
10/9/96 Lecture, Dickinson College. Gettysburg, PA.
9/6/96 Homophobia and Public Health, Plenary Panel at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Annual Convention. Miami, FL.
6/29/96 Keynote Address at Celebration 1996: 13th Annual Statewide Conference of LAGPAC, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual activists in Louisiana. New Orleans, LA.
6/27/96 Illegitimate Unions, Featured Panel Speaker at First ever gay program of the Valentine Museum. Richmond VA.
5/7/96 Queer Frontier: Charting the Future of Lesbians & Gay Men. Community Speech in Seattle sponsored by Gay City Health Project and Lesbian Resource Center. Seattle, WA.
4/20/96 Where Do We Go From Here? University of Kentucky. Lexington,KY.
4/18/96 Beyond Virtual Equality: Strategies for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Organizing. University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, lL.
4/17/96 New York University. New York, NY.
4/16/96 Feminist Perspectives on The Politics of Meaning. Panel presentation at Tikkun Magazine sponsored Summit on Ethics and Meaning. Washington, DC.
4/10/96 Virtual Equality. Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, NY.
3/31/96 Beyond Identity Politics. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC.
3/30/96 Virtual Equality. Franklin & Marshall University. Lancaster, PA.
3/29/96 United We Stand?: The Challenge of Difference for Progressive Politics in the 90′s. Community lecture, The Great Hall. Cincinnati, OH.
3/28/96 Virtual Equality. Illinois State University- Normal. Normal, Ill.
3/18/96 Virtual Equality. Reed College. Portland, OR.
3/15/96 Keynote speech at Lesbian Achievement and Visibility Awards. Bay Area Career Women Annual Dinner. San Francisco, CA.
3/12/96 Virtual Equality. Drake University. Des Moines, Iowa.
3/96 Plenary Panel: Visions For A Democratic Future. Media & Democracy Congress sponsored by the Institute for Alternative Journalism. SF, CA.
2/8/96 Plenary Panel at “Identity/Space/Power: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Politic.” Center For Lesbian & Gay Studies. City University of New York, New York, NY
11/12/95 A Progressive Vision for The Gay & Lesbian Movement. Keynote Address at the 8th Annual Creating Change Conference of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Detroit, MI.
10/21/95 Luncheon Plenary, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Annual Convention, Washington DC.
9/28/95 The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA.
9/1/95 Plenary Pane, 2nd World Congress for Women and a Healthy Planet, Sponsored by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), at the NGO Forum at the Fourth International Conference on Women. Beijing, China.
6/23/95 The Rights of Gays & Lesbians. Plenary Panel at the Biennial Conference of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). NY,NY.
4/27/95 Identity Politics. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA.
4/21/95 Margin To Center: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation. Cornell University/Ithaca Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Ithaca, NY.
3/11/95 Plenary Panel at Black Nations/Queer Nations National Conference. Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, CUNY. New York, NY.
2/25/95 Keynote to Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay College Student Conference, held at Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, Illinois.
2/23/95 The State of the Lesbian & Gay Movement. Bucknell University. Lewisburg, PA.
6/25/94 Keynote speech at 25th Anniversary National Rally at Stonewall-25 Celebration, New York, NY.
4/8/94 Stonewall At 25…And Beyond. Harvard Law School Symposium. Cambridge, MA.
11/8/93 Time Warner Executive Forum, Panel on Coming Out: Gay Issues In America, with Congressman Barney Frank, Paul Monette, and k.d. lang. New York, NY.
6/24/93 We’re Here…We’re Queer: Gay & Lesbian Identity Politics, with Richard Goldstein and Sandra Lowe. The New School for Social Research. New York, NY.
6/93 Speeches at Lesbian and Gay Pride celebrations in Little Rock, AR and Worcester, MA.
4/28/93 Media Images of Gay Men and Lesbians. Presentation at the Council on Foundations Annual National Conference. Dallas, TX.
4/25/93 Speech, Third National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Washington DC.
4/7/93 Lecture. Bowdoin College. Brunswick, Maine.
3/25/93 Lecture. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia PA.
2/17/93 Lecture. Duke University. Durham, North Carolina.
10/15/92 Where Do We Stand? Gregory Kolovakas Lecture. New York City Lesbian & Gay Community Services Cente. New York, NY.
8/2/92 The Future of Gay & Lesbian Legal Rights. Panel, American Bar Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA.
6/21/92 Keynote. Statewide Gay & Lesbian Rights March. Lansing MI.
5/16/92 Speech at the U.S. Conference on Mayors March To Save Our Cities. Washington DC.
4/5/92 Speech at National Reproductive Freedom March sponsored by National Organization for Women (NOW). Washington DC.
4/4/92 Sex and Politics: Gay and Lesbian Rights in Asia and Beyond. Committee on Women in Asian Studies. Asian Studies Association Conference. Washington DC.
3/25/92 Fighting Hate: The Gay and Lesbian Community’s Agenda. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA.
2/5/92 The AIDS Crisis and Lesbian & Gay Rights In The 90′s. Assembly Lecture Series – Graham Chapel. Washington University- St. Louis.
1/24/92 Gay and Lesbian Rights On Campus and Beyond. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Western Regional Conference. San Diego, CA.
1/10/92 Plenary Panel. National Organization For Women, Global Feminism Conference. Washington DC.
10/29/91 What Do We Want: The Gay & Lesbian Movement Today. Syracuse University. Syracuse, NY.
10/5/91 Keynote, Second Statewide March on Madison for Lesbian & Gay Rights. Madison, WI.
7/25/91 Where Do We Go From Here? Keynote Panel, National Lesbian & Gay Health Foundation Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
7/20/91 Keynote dinner address. Metropolitan Community Church International Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
June 1991 Speeches at Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebrations in Chicago, IL; Washington,
DC; Nashville, TN; Boston, MA.
4/26/91 The National Lesbian Agenda. Keynote speech, National Lesbian Conference. Atlanta, GA.
4/3/91 Lesbian & Gay Rights in the 1990′s. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY.
3/19/91 The Lesbian & Gay Movement. University of Rhode Island. Kingston, RI.
3/17/91 Keynote, Statewide March on Austin for Lesbian & Gay Rights, Austin, TX.
3/7/91 Lesbian & Gay Rights Today. State University of New York, at Oswego, NY.
2/28/91 What Is The Gay/Lesbian Movement? Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.
2/22/91 Legitimacy or Liberation: The Gay Movement Today. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA.
11/16/90 Keynote, 6th International Conference of Gay & Lesbian Elected & Appointed Officials. Boston MA.
10/11/90 Lecture, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
9/18/90 Testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee Nominations Hearings on the Nomination of David Souter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
06/90 Lesbian & Gay Pride at New York City; Indianapolis, IN; Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Political Action Committee Celebration; Des Moines, IA; Desert States Gay & Lesbian Regional Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
4/4/90 Across Cultures & Continents, Global Lesbian Leadership: A Dialogue with Charlotte Bunch. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ.
11/12/89 Speech at National Organization for Women Rally for Women’s Lives. DC.
SELECTED COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ORGANIZING
Board of Advisors, Bitch Magazine.
Fall 2004 – Present
Board of Directors, Gill Foundation and Gill Operating Foundation. Denver CO.
Founding Board of Directors, Gill Action Fund. Denver CO.
Co-Founder and Volunteer Leader
Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality (KAFE). Kalamazoo, MI.
National Advisory Board, Ms. Magazine.
Fall 2000 – Fall 2004
National Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union.
September 2001 – Summer 2003
Co-founder and Organizer, New Yorkers Say No to War.
Summer 1998 – January 2001
Founder and Convener, National Religious Leadership Roundtable
(hosted by NGLTF Policy Institute).
March 1998 – December 2000
Founding Board of Advisors, The White House Project.
Member, Selection Committee for Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship Program, 1997-1998.
Fall 1997- January 2001
Founder and Convener, National Policy Roundtable (hosted by NGLTF Policy Institute).
Fall 1997- Fall 1998
Member, Grants Advisory Panel, New York Community Trust, New York, NY.
Fall 1996-Fall 1997
Member, Grants Advisory Committee, Stonewall Community Foundation, New York,
1/93 – 1997
Board of Directors, Bromfield Street Educational Foundation/Gay Community News.
Advisory Panel, AIDS Stigma Project, Public Media Center, San Francisco CA.
7/96-11/96, 3/92-12/92 and 3/88-11/88
Strategist and organizer, Gay and Lesbian Voters Organized In Coalition for
the Election (VOICES ’96, Gay & Lesbian VOICE ’92 and VOICE ’88).
Fall 1991 – Spring 1992
Program Committee, Social Impact & Response Track
VIII International Conference on AIDS/III STD World Congress July 19-24, 1992 in Amsterdam.
Participant, Roundtable on Developing Guidelines for Access of Prisoners with HIV
and AIDS to Experimental Therapy, sponsored by NPP/ACLU and AIDS Action Council, 1990.
Panel Member, National Institutes of Health Panel of Experts on Prisons,
Office for the Protection of Research Risks, Bethesda Md.
7/88 – 10/88
Media Coordinator, Civil Disobedience action at the Food and Drug Administration.
ACT NOW (AIDS Coalition to Network, Organize and Win) coalition, Washington, DC.
3/84 – 9/87
Board of Directors, Roadwork Foundation, Washington DC.
8/87 – 10/87
Media Coordinator, Supreme Court Civil Disobedience Action for the
Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Washington DC.
Co-Founder and Board member, Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance, Boston, MA.
Co-Founder, Allston-Brighton Greenlight-Safehouse Network, Boston MA.
Extensive experience with print, electronic, and broadcast media nationwide. Appeared on various news and public affairs shows on network and cable TV, and radio, including, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN, CNBC, C-Span, The Charlie Rose Show, Equal Time, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, McNeil- Lehrer News Hour, and Good Morning America, among others.
Member, American Bar Association (ABA), since 1984; ABA Criminal Justice Division, since 1987; ABA Section on Individual Rights; ABA Subcommittee on AIDS in the Criminal Justice System, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1990-1991.
Member, Massachusetts Bar (1984+); US District Court, D.MA (1985+)
Member, National Writer’s Union, 1996-2005.