Anyone who met Kyler Prescott knew that he was special. A gifted artist, pianist and poet, Kyler expressed his creativity through every aspect of his life. He worked hard perfecting his passions and loved to spend any additional free time advocating for animal justice and LGBTQ rights.
In appreciation: Rich Weissman and JD Horn
Rich Weissman and JD Horn first fell in love with NCLR in 2017, immediately impressed by the breadth and scope of the work and the sheer determination to create change. They have been serious NCLR fans ever since, hosting NCLR in their home in Palm Springs and providing meaningful financial support.
Sidebar with: Shannan Wilber, Esq., Youth Policy Director
In May, Shannan Wilber, NCLR’s Youth Policy Director, will receive the Juvenile Law Center’s 2020 Leadership Award. Given to individuals across the country whose work has substantially improved the lives of children in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, this award recognizes what we at NCLR already know about Shannan – she is a fierce and tireless advocate for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community.
2019 Kate Kendell Award Recipient: Maria “Lupita” Lopez Segoviano
As the NCLR Board of Directors seeks to award the second annual Kate Kendell Commitment to Justice Award, we visit with our inaugural winner. In May of 2019, Lupita graduated Cum Laude and with recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono. Lupita was sworn into the California Bar in December 2019 and is currently working as a criminal defense attorney primarily assisting Spanish-speaking clients.
As direct as it is, the subtitle of Alex Cooper’s story, Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began doesn’t begin to prepare you for the litany of physical, psychological, and emotional abuse heaped on Alex.
In appreciation: Jan Zobel (1947–2018)
NCLR’s 42-year history has been rich with loyal supporters who make our work – and progress for the LGBTQ community – possible. Jan Zobel stood with NCLR for 32 years, making her first gift in 1986 and continuing her support until her death in September 2018. What a legacy she left!
Sidebar with: Ming Wong, Esq., Supervising Helpline Attorney
Ming Wong will celebrate his 12th anniversary with NCLR in January, and while his title is Supervising Helpline Attorney, he wears multiple hats at NCLR – including one as NCLR’s in-house lyricist and choreographer for staff celebrations. A man of many talents!