National Center for Lesbian Rights

Tyrone Hanley, Esq., Senior Policy Counsel

Tyrone Hanley, Esq. he / him / his

Senior Policy Counsel

Tyrone Hanley was born and raised with his two brothers by his Black lesbian mother in a low-income community in the ‘burbs of Chicago. She taught him how to be authentic, loving, curious, and non-judgmental.

He brings his upbringing into his work by focusing on those most marginalized in the LGBTQ community. Prior to coming to NCLR, Tyrone worked as the HIV Prevention Manager at SMYAL, a DC-area LGBTQ youth organization. He has also previously served as the Gender Public Advocacy Center’s Youth Program Coordinator and as an AmeriCorps/National AIDS Fund member at HIPS, a DC-based harm reduction organization for sex workers and drug users.

As Senior Policy Counsel he focuses on the criminalization of queer/trans sexuality and those living with HIV and LGBTQ poverty. Tyrone was a creator of the #EndBadHIVLaws campaign with the Center for HIV Law and Policy and Human Rights Campaign. He was also a co-author of the first national LGBTQ poverty agenda, “Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action, Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All,” and co-founder of the National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network.

Tyrone graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and minor in Spanish and obtained his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.

He currently resides in Washington, DC with his partner Michael and their dog Meredith.

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