San Francisco, CA. The significant achievements of the 1993 March on Washington, its legacy, and how it informs the future of LGBTQ rights, including the quest for full legal, political, social, and economic equality, is the focus of an upcoming program and panel discussion sponsored by Nixon Peabody.
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be honored for his significant contributions and advancements of LGBTQ rights as part of the September 18 program in San Francisco.
Speakers include Nadine Smith, national co-chair of the 1993 March on Washington, and nine others, including representatives from the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Human Rights Campaign. A live video feed will connect speakers and an audience in San Francisco with the same at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC.
The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi-Equal Rights and Liberation was a large political rally that took place in Washington, DC, on April 25, 1993. Organizers estimated that 1,000,000 attended the march, making it one of the largest protests in American history.
“That important day in 1993 was a milestone in demanding both freedom from discrimination and equal rights as Americans,” said Thomas Gaynor, Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office managing partner. “We have come a very long way toward those goals, and the next chapter in LGBTQ civil rights is the quest for economic equality.”
In 2017, Nixon Peabody, along with StartOut, a nonprofit that supports LGBTQ entrepreneurs, launched the StartOut Growth Lab, a working space focused on advancing and supporting startups led by LGBTQ founders.
Confirmed speakers for the September 18 program include:
The program is sponsored and underwritten by Nixon Peabody and co-sponsored by Alaska Airlines, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, the San Francisco Business Times, StartOut Growth Lab, and the Stonewall National Museum & Archives.