Task Force Welcomes New National Campaigns Director Victoria Kirby York
Washington, DC, March 31, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Victoria Kirby York has joined the organization as the new National Campaigns Director, Religious Exemptions and Welcoming Movements. Kirby York brings over sixteen years of organizing experience around a number of progressive issues and campaigns for candidates at the federal, state, and local level. Under her new role, Kirby York will be responsible for organizing faith leaders and people of faith against the passage of the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRA), legislation being proposed at the state level that seeks to provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and supporting intra-denominational organizing within the Welcoming Church Program movement.
“Groundbreaking, movement builders, change makers, innovators and trailblazers: that’s what comes to mind when I think of the National LGBTQ Task Force. I am thrilled to join this incredible family to contribute to the legacy and help grow existing work to defeat anti-LGBTQ laws. I am honored to be able to continue building on the work to secure basic rights and protections for all,” said Victoria Kirby York, National LGBTQ Task Force National Campaigns Director.
Prior to joining the National LGBTQ Task Force, she worked as the Director for Organizing for Action (OFA) Florida. She has also served as a trustee for Howard University, a board member for the Center for Black Equity, the Next Generation Leadership Foundation, and a volunteer member of the Human Rights Campaign’s National Diversity & Inclusion Council and the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council. Kirby York has been honored with Metro Weekly’s 2011 Next Generation award and recognized by NBJC as a National Top 100 Emerging LGBT leader and Florida’s Top 30 under 30 political leaders by SaintPetersBlog.
Kirby York’s work has been published in the LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, she has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the Washington Post, and many other national and international media outlets. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Administration degrees from Howard University. Originally from Brandon, Florida, she lives with her wife and their beagle in the Baltimore-Washington region.
To learn more about the National LGBTQ Task Force, visit us online at: thetaskforce.org.
Media and Public Relations Director