Imani Rupert-Gordon is the Executive Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). 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 for Women presented her with the Impact Award. This year 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. The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice (formally the School of Social Service Administration) will honor her with the Judith Butler Award for her exceptional promise in the field of social work in the summer of 2021. Imani received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bridging the Gap in LGBTQ+ Rights Litigation: A Community Discussion on Bisexual Visibility in the Law