Imani Rupert-Gordon is the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Previously, Imani served as the Executive Director for Affinity Community Services. Affinity is a social justice organization that works with the entire LGBTQ community with a focus on Black women. She also served as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center, part of Howard Brown Health in Chicago, serving LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability.
Imani is known for her visionary leadership. In 2021, Imani was included in The Root 100 list, recognizing her as one of the most influential Black leaders in the country. That same year, Imani was also included in a resolution introduced by Congresswoman, Barbara Lee honoring Black LGBTQ individuals throughout history. She was also recently awarded the Judith Butler Award by The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice (formally the School of Social Service Administration) for her exceptional promise in the field of social work.
Imani received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Find her on Twitter at @ImaniRG
Imani will give the keynote speech at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on Friday, July 14, 2023. Learn more about the rally here.