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Marie Calhoun

Marie Calhoun

Marie joined NCLR as a Legal Assistant in April of 2022. Prior to joining NCLR, Marie earned a B.A. from Smith College where she majored in Sociology – with a specific focus on the study of women and gender. She has since interned with Equal Rights Advocates, a Bay Area-based gender justice nonprofit, and the Victim Services Domestic Violence Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. More recently, Marie was a Legal Assistant and Administrator at a boutique law firm specializing in...

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Erin Savoia 

Erin Savoia 

Erin Savoia joined NCLR as a Legal Assistant in November of 2021. Erin’s responsibilities include assisting attorneys with maintaining the legal calendar and docket, electronic filing, bill tracking, assisting callers via NCLR’s legal helpline, and more. Erin graduated in 2017 from Portland State University with an MA in Sociology. Their graduate thesis work involved qualitative interview-based research on non-binary gender identities in Portland, OR. Erin also received their BA from the...

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Danielle (Danny) King, Esq.

Danielle (Danny) King, Esq.

Danielle (Danny) King is the Senior Youth Policy Counsel at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where they will be taking an intersectional approach to implementing legal strategies to advance the well-being of LGBTQ youth through community education, collaboration with coalitions, and public policy advocacy, particularly for LGBTQ youth impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. Danielle (Danny) first joined NCLR in 2021, as a Gender Equality Attorney where they...

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Nesta Johnson, Esq.

Nesta Johnson, Esq.

Nesta joined NCLR in 2020, continuing a career focused upon advocating for the rights of children and families, particularly in the child welfare arena. Before joining NCLR, Nesta served as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, and later with the Children’s Law Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Nesta graduated in 2008 with a BA from Stony Brook University, where she majored in Philosophy, and served as the Distinguished Alumni speaker at the 2015 departmental graduation ceremony. Nesta was...

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Noemi Calonje

Noemi Calonje

Noemi was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. At the age of 14, her family immigrated to the United States due to the unstable political climate in her country of origin. Her family applied for political asylum in 1982 and it was granted ten years later. After earning her B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1991, Noemi worked as a counselor at FamiliesFirst, a non-profit organization serving troubled youth in the Bay Area. In 1994 she...

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Michael Airhart

Michael Airhart

Michael Airhart is a news editor, data scientist, and longtime vocal critic of conversion therapy. As a journalist, Michael worked in the Washington, D.C., offices of the Knight Ridder, McClatchy, and Tribune joint-venture newswires from 1993 until 2014, over time transitioning into data-science roles performing text analytics, content classification and syndication, data modeling, and research. In 2002, Michael launched Ex-Gay Watch, a pioneering and popular multiple-author blog devoted to...

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Mathew Shurka

Mathew Shurka

Mathew Shurka is a conversion therapy survivor and Co-Founder of Born Perfect, a campaign that has become a global movement to end conversion therapy. Mathew leads the campaign alongside a team of lawyers and other conversion therapy survivors committed to protect LGBTQ+ people through legislation, litigation, and public education. During his five years of conversion therapy from ages 16-21, Mathew endured many different types of fraudulent and scientifically discredited “treatments” that he...

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Shannon Minter, Esq.

Shannon Minter, Esq.

Shannon Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Minter was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of...

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Chris Stoll, Esq.

Chris Stoll, Esq.

Christopher F. Stoll, formerly of the law firm Heller Ehrman LLP, joins the staff as senior staff attorney with a focus on litigation and policy work. Over the past five years, Chris has assisted NCLR as co-counsel on several major cases, including serving as a valuable member of NCLR’s “Marriage Team” of attorneys. He also assisted NCLR in representing Sharon Smith in the wrongful death case brought on behalf of her partner Diane Alexis Whipple. Chris attended Harvard Law School and lives in...

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Julianna S. Gonen, Esq.

Julianna S. Gonen, Esq.

Julianna Gonen is NCLR’s Federal Policy Director, responsible for overseeing and advancing NCLR’s federal policy priorities with Congress and the executive branch. Her work focuses on reproductive health, rights and justice, federal nondiscrimination protections, access to health care, and a progressive and inclusive vision of religious liberty. Gonen has extensive federal policy experience, having served as director of federal policy and advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where...

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