Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley & Congressman David N. Cicilline are pleased to invite you to a briefing on
The Equality Act
Everything you ever wanted to know about the landmark LGBT rights legislation
Thursday, January 24th
1:00 – 2:30pm
2237 Rayburn House Office Building
Please join us for an overview of the Equality Act, a discussion about the need for comprehensive federal LGBT civil rights legislation, and an outline of the planned reintroduction and consideration in the 116th Congress
Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress
Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center
Ian Thompson, American Civil Liberties Union
Harper Jean Tobin, National Center for Transgender Equality
Sarah Trister, Office of Congressman David N. Cicilline
Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign
Please RSVP to Aliya Bean at
Dr. Laura E. Durso is the Vice President of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities,
data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy.
Emily Martin is the Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads the Law Center’s legal, policy, and advocacy efforts to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for women and girls at
work and at school, with a particular focus on the obstacles that confront women and girls of color and women in low-wage jobs. She also oversees the operation of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which helps individuals challenge sex harassment and related
retaliation at work.
Ian Thompson is a Legislative Representative in the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Thompson works to advance the organization’s civil liberties and civil rights agenda in Congress
and the executive branch by focusing on issues impacting the LGBT community and those living with HIV.
As Director of Policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Harper Jean Tobin leads NCTE’s advocacy with Congress and federal agencies and oversees NCTE’s state policy work on a wide range of issues affecting trans people and
their families. She also serves on the board of HIPS, an organization that promotes rights, health and safety for those involved in sex work, sex trade, or drug use in the DC area.
Sarah Warbelow is the Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign. She leads HRC’s team of lawyers and fellows focused on federal, state, and municipal law and policy. She also coordinates HRC’s advocacy efforts as amicus curiae (“friend
of the court”) in litigation affecting the LGBTQ community.