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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director

Imani Rupert-Gordon she / her / hers

Executive Director

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 presented her with the Impact Award. In 2021 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.

Imani received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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