Co-FOUNDER, She/Her Pronouns
Morgan is a co-founder at the Lavender Rights Project and was once an auto-mechanic before attending law school. When she's not buried in emails, she is a drummer and singer in a local band, Militia Etheridge, and enjoys breaking and fixing things, perusing Second Use for building supplies, and rebuilding crappy cars.
Legal Clerk & Grant Writer, He/Him Pronouns
Dusty started with LRP in 2016 as a volunteer intern and now works as the Law Clerk and Grant Writer. He is excited to stay on with LRP in the fall of 2018 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow focusing on bringing civil legal support to rural transgender people across Washington state. He studied law at UC Davis and has lived in the PNW for many years after being raised in Oklahoma. He is deeply committed to all forms of transgender liberation and to creating worlds in which transgender people can thrive as their true selves.
Stephanie has been a criminal defense lawyer in Washington since 1990; before that, she worked with runaway and homeless teenagers at social service agencies in Chicago and Seattle. She likes spending time with her two groovy adult daughters and rocking out on the guitar with her garage band. Stephanie has been transgender for her whole life, but only made it out of the closet in 2012. She will tell you that it has worked out really well.
Paralegal, They/Them Pronouns
Shanti’s experiences as a queer, black, third culture kid is what inspired them to study an intersection of social justice, law, and global affairs. It’s also what makes them so excited about being part of the Lavender Rights Project! As a recent addition to the Pacific Northwest, Shanti tries to spend their free time exploring, but also enjoys thrifting, watching documentaries, and taking pictures of their pets.
Community Relations Manager, he/Him Pronouns
Luke is a creative transplant from the Midwest, where he studied visual communications and women's, gender and sexuality studies. He is invested in community engagement, genuine and reciprocal relationship-building, intentional design, and liberation. Luke can be found making to-do lists, scoping out new-to-him coffee shops and bars, and binge-watching TV shows with his partner, roommates, and dog.
Project Manager: Reckoning Trade Project, they/them Pronouns
M. Benitez is a former welder and PhD candidate writing a dissertation that brings together gender/sexuality, w.o.c. feminism, labor, and affect theory to analyze the intersections of identity and work through the experiences of non-traditional workers in blue-collar labor. Co-founder of the Reckoning Trade Project, they are focused on creating equitable, sustainable, and supportive employment opportunities.