Gabriella Larios

  • Hosted by New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights, Reproductive Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Gabriella will engage in advocacy, public education, outreach, and litigation to challenge the use of religion to discriminate against individuals seeking reproductive health care and LGBTQ New Yorkers.   

All across the country, religion is being weaponized to deny access to health care and services relating to reproductive and LGBTQ care. In recent years, there has been an uptick in the number of mergers between secular and religious hospitals; today at least one in six hospital beds is in a Catholic facility. Religiously affiliated health care providers often follow religious and ethical directives prohibiting certain kinds of treatment, including miscarriage management and gender-affirming surgeryThese directives depart greatly from medical standards of carethreatening patients’ health and lives and inflicting dignitary harms. For LGBTQ people, the mere existence of religious refusals laws can have a chilling effect, deterring those who are most vulnerable from seeking care out of a fear of being turned away.  

As a queer woman of color who grew up religious, Gabriella knows and understands firsthand how religion can be weaponized to harm others and how law and policy can deeply shape one’s sense of self. Gabriella’s experience working on a range of civil liberties issues, including reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights, as an intern, research assistant, volunteer, and advocate make her the right person for this project.  

Fellowship Plans

Gabriella will work to ensure no New Yorker is turned away from seeking health care or accessing services because of a provider’s religious affiliation. Through community outreach, Gabriella will gather evidence of discrimination, uplift stories, and work to empower affected individuals through Know Your Rights education. Gabriella will also connect with strategic partners to advance legislative and administrative action bolstering the rights of access and information for those seeking health care. Finally, Gabriella will engage in targeted direct representation to bring cases challenging religious refusals in New York State.  

 Media

Introducing the 2020 Fellows Fighting for the LGBTQ+ Community

Five NYU Law graduates named 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellows

No person should be denied health care because of a provider’s religious beliefs. I am grateful for the opportunity to combine my lived experiences and passion for reproductive, social, and economic justice to protect people seeking reproductive health care and LGBTQ New Yorkers from discrimination.

Gabriella Larios /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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