Nixon Peabody to host the “25th Anniversary of the 1993 March on Washington for Equality & Liberation”

September 10, 2018

Senior Manager, Media Relations
Nicholas Braude

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:

  • Thomas E. Gaynor, Office Managing Partner, SF and West Coast Corporate Group Leader, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Anthony E. Varona, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Cecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Projects, Transgender Law Center
  • José Cunningham, Chief Marketing Officer, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (now in her twenty-second year)
  • James Loduca, Director of Equality Programs, Salesforce
  • Tim McFeeley, Partner, Isaacson Miller, Inc./former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign
  • Vivienne Ming, Chair, StartOut/CEO, Socos Labs
  • Chris Rudisill, Executive Director, Stonewall National Museum & Archives
  • Nadine Smith, CEO and Co-founder, Equality Florida/National Co-chair, 1993 March on Washington

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.

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