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Rebecca Isaacs
Since 2011, Rebecca Isaacs has been the Executive Director of the Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. In that time, she has doubled the organization's staff and budget -- significantly growing the organization's programs to strengthen the states, build leaders, and advance critical issues.

Rebecca is an attorney and national leading advocate for justice and equality. Her expertise in building the capacity of social change organizations has taken her to leadership positions at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, The LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Inner City Law Center, and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. Rebecca’s service to the LGBT community also includes her work on numerous boards and commissions including: the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Coalition for LGBT Health, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

Rebecca lives in Santa Monica, California with her spouse Vanessa Schwartz, a Professor of History at the University of Southern California. Their daughter, Rachel, is a first year college student.

Entries by Rebecca Isaacs

How We're Going to Win Equality in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:51 AM

With barely a moment to take a deep breath, the LGBTQ community is back in the trenches, ready to fight for equality and justice in a critical legislative year. Immediately following a historic victory on marriage, after the balloons and confetti, we faced a tide of anti-LGBTQ attacks. From the...

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Why We're Adding the Q to LGBT

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:06 PM

I am proud to announce that Equality Federation's staff and board, several of whom identify as queer, have decided to add the letter Q to our mission and begin using the full acronym LGBTQ. To some this decision may seem like we are late to the party and to others...

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Why 180+ LGBT Leaders Are Headed to North Carolina

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 6:00 PM

By Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation and Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina

The march towards freedom, fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continues after the Supreme Court's marriage decision. Together, we're going to continue winning one town, city and state...

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We've Laid the Foundation for Equality: Here's What's Next

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 7:53 PM

The Supreme Court's decision granting all Americans the freedom to marry instantly made me think fondly back to the day I wed, which was one of the happiest days of my life and incredibly meaningful to my daughter and our family. Now, young people like her -- especially lesbian, gay,...

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It's True, #DiscriminationExists

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM

For my teenage daughter and her friends, it is inconceivable that discrimination against LGBT people would still be allowed. In fact, her generation supports equality by a very large margin. Still, across America, we have a patchwork of laws that leave many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people vulnerable....

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Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Just moments before this writing I was standing in the East Room of the White House as President Obama signed two historic executive orders.

For the first time in the history of our country, federal contractors can no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,...

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In the Life Media's 'In the States' Series Highlights Invisible State-Level Battles for LGBT Equality (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Jimmie Beall worked as a teacher in a high school in Ohio's London City School District, teaching her students about topics such as government and law to prepare them for the wider world. Just after offering her a three-year contract, the school district rescinded its offer and fired Beall --...

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