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2018’s Icons, Innovators, and Disruptors

The Judicial Warriors
A trio of legal eagles are battling rollbacks in LGBT rights from Congress and the White House, and pushing for protections — with very little fanfare.

Shannon Price Minter  Credit Tbd

SHANNON PRICE MINTER is the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. In 2009, he was lead counsel in the landmark California marriage equality case. One of the best-known transgender lawyers in America, Minter fights for equality for all LGBT folks, and played a lead role — with Jennifer Levi (below) — in stopping Trump’s planned ban on trans people in the military.

Jennifer Levi   Credit Susan Symonds

JENNIFER LEVI is the director of GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders’ Transgender Rights Project. A law professor at Western New England University, Levi continues to serve as counsel in high-profile cases that have secured basic rights for trans people, including tax deductions for gender-confirmation surgeries as well as medical care policies in federal prisons.

High Res   Reggie Shuford  Aclu

REGGIE SHUFORD is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union  of Pennsylvania. In his storied career, his cases have spawned incredible discussions around social justice and civil rights at local and government levels. As an attorney, he defended a trans student who was forced to use his birth name, and played a role in overturning his state’s voter ID law and its prohibition on same-sex marriage.


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