A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

(San Francisco, CA, April 20, 2010)  — Today NCLR mourns the loss of LGBTQ civil rights leader Dorothy Height. A civil rights pioneer, Height was the president emirita of the National Council of Negro Women and dedicated her life’s work to racial justice and gender equality. President Obama has called Dorothy Height “the godmother of the civil rights movement.” She was 98.

A statement from Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights:

“Our world is an immeasurably better place because of women like Dorothy Height, whose life, work, and dedication to social justice and equal rights serve as inspiration to us all. We mourn her loss and celebrate her life by continuing her fight for justice and equality for all.”

The National Center for Lesbian Rights 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, public policy advocacy, and public education.