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Leslie Gabel-Brett
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Leslie J. Gabel-Brett, Ph.D. is the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. She oversees communications, public education and outreach activities.

Gabel-Brett has been an activist and policy leader for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV, and for the rights of women and girls for over 25 years. Before joining Lambda Legal, she served as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for 12 years, and prior to that as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund. For more than a decade, she served on the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights and of the Connecticut marriage equality coalition, Love Makes a Family.

Gabel-Brett played key roles in several legislative and legal victories, including passage of state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and instituting family law protections for same-sex couples, and legal actions that required equal recreational services be provided to same-sex couples and that excluded the Boy Scouts from Connecticut's state-sponsored charitable giving campaign because of the organization's policy of discrimination. Between 1990 and 1993, Gabel-Brett served as the Chairperson of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, having been appointed to that position by Governor William A. O'Neill in 1990, and reappointed by Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

Gabel-Brett received her doctorate in Anthropology from the City University of New York and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University. She has taught women's studies, law and anthropology courses at the University of Connecticut, University of Connecticut Law School and Wesleyan University.

Blog Entries by Leslie Gabel-Brett

The Walls Are Tumbling Down

Posted February 24, 2012 | 02/24/12 05:06 PM ET

Although we still have a long way to go, it would be hard not to draw the conclusion that February 2012 is the month that the walls came tumbling down and the march toward marriage equality in this country became unstoppable.

In less than three weeks, here's what has happened:

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A Very Good Day for Human Rights

Posted December 7, 2011 | 12/07/11 09:15 PM ET

Sometimes a confluence of events makes us see how big the changes are that are taking place in our world. Just as President Obama released a memo directing all federal foreign policy and aid agencies to "promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons" and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton...

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Occupy the First Amendment

Posted November 29, 2011 | 11/29/11 05:33 PM ET

I mean, let's really occupy the First Amendment, inhabit every corner of it: freedom of expression, of religion, of a free press, the right to petition the government for redress of our grievances, and to peaceably assemble. We have to occupy this amendment and hold our ground.

Our nation was...

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DOMA: What Will Congress Do?

Posted March 2, 2011 | 03/02/11 06:28 PM ET

This has been a dramatic and historic week in our fight for LGBT equality. Just yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed papers in our case representing Karen Golinski, a federal judicial employee who has been denied equal medical coverage for her wife.

It was only last week...

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Listen Up -- Atlanta Victory Sends Message

Posted December 9, 2010 | 12/09/10 12:20 PM ET

While attention is focused on efforts to end discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual members of our nation's military, a legal knock-out against another violation of our rights has just occurred, putting an end to certain unfair and unconstitutional practices of the Atlanta Police Department. Whether we are judging the...

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ENDA: We've Waited Long Enough

Posted May 21, 2010 | 05/21/10 06:11 PM ET

Vandy Beth Glenn should not have to wait any longer. In 2007, she lost her job as a legislative editor for the Georgia General Assembly because of discrimination against her as a transgender employee.

And Richard Mitchell should not have to wait any longer. In 2006, he was fired...

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