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Task Force presents the Clarity Award to Nathalie Gilfoyle at the American Psychological Association Convention in Boston, Mass.

Date: 
August 13, 2008

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“The Clarity Award and its recipient, Nathalie Gilfoyle, challenge all professionals to seize opportunities in their everyday lives to advance justice and fairness through individual and collective activism.” — Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

What: Clarity Award presentation

Who: Nathalie Gilfoyle, J.D., Awardee

Presenter: Hans Johnson, Board Member, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

When: Saturday, August 16, 4–5PM

Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA

Contact: Hans Johnson, Progressive Victory, 202.299.1100

Why: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force confers the Clarity Award to Nathalie Gilfoyle, J.D., who in her role as general counsel for the American Psychological Association has contributed substantially to the advancement of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. With the Clarity Award the Task Force recognizes the achievements of leaders in key professions who pursue lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality through everyday activism.

“The Clarity Award and its recipient, Nathalie Gilfoyle, challenge all professionals to seize opportunities in their everyday lives to advance justice and fairness through individual and collective activism,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “By working within their fields to end intolerance and promote respect, recipients of the Clarity Award remind us at their core, various degrees, denominations and disciplines embrace the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

Bio of Nathalie Gilfoyle, J.D.

Nathalie Gilfoyle, J.D., has been general counsel for the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1996. Her numerous amicus briefs, which are grounded in psychological science related to LGBT issues, represent the ultimate application of APA research in promoting civil rights. In particular, since assuming the role of general counsel in 1996, Gilfoyle has filed 21 amicus briefs in cases involving parental, adoptive and custodial rights, same-sex marriage, sodomy laws and anti-discrimination statutes in support of LGBT individuals. In any given year, her work on behalf of the LGBT community comprises 50–75 percent of her office’s total portfolio.

In addition to her work as APA’s general counsel, Gilfoyle serves the public and her profession in various ways. She is serving her second term on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Recently, she was appointed by the D.C. Court of Appeals to serve as a member of its Equal Access to Justice Commission, addressing the unmet legal needs of the district’s poor. Additionally, she is a mediator for the U.S. District Court of D.C., an arbitrator for the D.C. Bar Attorney-Client Arbitration Board, and a Board member for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.