Lorri L. Jean, the former executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, will become the new head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). A Los Angeles resident, Jean oversaw the expansion of the L.A. Center from an $8 million organization to a $32 million organization, helping to increase private donor giving from $1 million to more than $9 million. While under Jean’s direction, the Center also launched the Lambda Medical Group, the first HMO/managed care practice specializing in LGBT care. Jean also co-founded the National Association of LGBT Community Centers, a coalition of centers serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Jean’s experience also includes two years as president of Washington D.C.’s Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against Georgetown University fighting sexual orientation-based discriminiation, and Deputy Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in San Francisco.
NGLTF is a progressive organization that views the fight to eliminate prejudice, violence and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as a part of a broader social justice movement that encompasses race, class, gender and sexual orientation.