Shannon Minter

Shannon Minter

  • Hosted by National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Cornell Law School
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Fellowship class year 1993
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Shannon is one of the nation’s leading advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He began his law career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 1993 and has litigated several landmark cases involving the civil rights of same-sex couples and families.

In 1993,  Shannon founded the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Youth Project, the first legal-advocacy group to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) youth. He now supervises the Safe Homes Project at NCLR, which helps LGBTQ+ youth who face discrimination and problems in foster care, group homes, or the juvenile-justice system.

What’s Next?

Shannon is the legal director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where he oversees litigation, legislation, and policy advocacy, with special expertise in family law, youth law, education law, immigration & asylum law, employment discrimination, and HIV criminalization.


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