LGBTQ rights activist joins National LGBTQ Task force
The National LGBTQ Task Force hired Liz Seaton as Policy Director, part of the Advocacy and Action department. Seaton is a genderqueer attorney-activist who will work with the larger Task Force team to fight for equality and justice at the White House, in federal agencies, on Capitol Hill, with state legislatures and governments and wherever else the work takes the Task Force.
Most recently, Seaton served as the D.C. Department on Disability Services’ Legislative and Policy Analyst, driving the agency’s work to win a long-awaited civil rights restoration law for diverse Washingtonians with disabilities. Before that, to address the rampant racial injustice taking place in state courts, she proposed and worked on Lambda Legal’s and the American Constitution Society’s publication Diversity Counts: Why States Should Measure the Diversity of Their Judges and How They Can Do It.
At the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Liz worked on administrative intersectional cases, advocated federally for transgender inclusion in the Matthew Shepard and James R. Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, helped secure Maryland’s marriage equality and transgender civil rights law victories, and supervised the Elder, Immigration, Sports and Youth Projects.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Liz Seaton to the Task Force,” said Meghan Maury, Esq. the Director of Special Projects. “Over the last eight years, our team has worked hard to design and implement policy strategies that serve LGBTQ+ people with multiple marginalized identities. Our work has had a deep impact on structural inequity, including in the criminal legal system, in the homelessness continuum of care, in the medical industrial complex, and on the foundations of our democracy. Liz’s diverse experience will inform and advance all of our work. Liz’s commitment to the Task Force’s values and the needs of our community will further that legacy of impact as incoming Task Force Executive Director Kierra Johnson sets a next course for the organization,” concluded Maury.
“I joined the Task Force team to focus on restoring our democracy and bettering the daily lives of diverse LGBTQ+ people,” said Liz Seaton. “We will fight for racial, gender, economic and social justice through policy initiative leadership and collaborations as we advocate on issues, legislation and appointments with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration and a new Congress.”
Seaton served for six years at the Human Rights Campaign, the final year as General Counsel/Legal Director. Before that, Seaton transformed Maryland’s Free State Justice into a professionally-staffed organization, tripling the budget in one year. At the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Seaton provided legal aid, founded the Clinic’s amicus advocacy program and co-authored a brief to the Supreme Court that helped to establish asymptomatic HIV as a disability. Seaton is a Founding Board Member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute and holds a J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy/Women’s Studies.
Over the years, Seaton has been part of the Task Force family, from regularly serving as a workshop panelist at the Task Force’s Creating Change Conference to working with the Task Force on many policy battles. One semester during graduate school, Seaton served as a National LGBTQ Task Force intern.
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