About

Mission

Lavender Rights Project (LRP) advances a more just and equitable society by providing low-cost civil legal services and community programming centered in values of social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities.

Through direct representation and community programming, our by-and-for services aim to radically re-imagine the legal landscape for LGBTQ+ people while building community resilience, encouraging self-advocacy, and asserting the rights of marginalized populations.

Values

Our staff, Board, and volunteers aim to serve, engage, and pursue justice alongside community members in ways that are intentional and accessible for folks who are under-represented. While continuing to examine our own experiences with privilege and oppression, we are committed to providing comprehensive support for people at the intersections of LGBTQI+ identity and: anti-blackness, xenophobia, and racism; disability; low-income economic status; and/or experience with incarceration and the legal system.

History

Lavender Rights Project was founded in 2016 by queer and trans attorneys who witnessed the compounding effects of under-representation and blatant discrimination of LGBTQ+ community members within the legal field. The unique and complex needs of queer and trans people drove co-founders Morgan Mentzer and Lucas Cuellar to form our organization’s mission and center our services on queer and trans community members who are also people of color, low income, and/or facing additional intersecting forms of marginalization and misrepresentation.