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29 Colum. J. Gender & L. 156 (2015)
Bold, Brave, and Proactive: Advocacy and Organizing at the Intersection of Reproductive Justice and LGBTQ Liberation

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COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW


BOLD, BRAVE, AND                       PROACTIVE: ADVOCACY
AND ORGANIZING AT THE INTERSECTION OF
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND LGBTQ LIBERATION*

JESSICA GONZALEZ-ROJAS**

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is the only national
reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health,
dignity, and justice for 25 million Latinas, our families, and communities in the United
States. We do this through leadership development, community mobilization, policy
advocacy, and strategic communications.

    We work on a range of issues that affect the ability of Latinas to live with salud, dignidad,
yjusticia-health, dignity, and justice-including abortion access and affordability, sexual
and reproductive health equity, and immigrant women's health and rights. We are also
deeply committed to centering the needs of those most affected by reproductive oppression:
low-income people, LGBTQ people, pregnant and parenting youth, and undocumented
people.

    Since our inception, we have defined reproductive justice to include social justice
and human rights for LGBTQ people. The LGBTQ liberation and reproductive justice
movements share the values of bodily autonomy, sexual liberation, and the ability for
persons to decide whether, when, and how to build families and relationships of their
choosing. At the core of each movement is the belief that our most personal decisions
should be free from political interference.

    Right now, we're in the middle of an incredibly challenging time for social justice
advocacy. It's true-and exciting-that we have seen tremendous gains in legal protections
for LGBTQ people and we certainly advanced in terms of a national conversation about the
need for immigration reform. At the same time, it's no secret that reproductive rights have
seen tremendous setbacks, particularly at the state level.

    But the rollback in legal protections for abortion is not a new threat or the only threat.
While the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade enshrined the right to safe, legal abortion in
concept, it did nothing to ensure that those services would be available or affordable.

* These remarks were presented at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law's Symposium on Marriage Equality


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