Christine A. Yared is an attorney, writer, educator, and activist. For over thirty years Christine’s work has centered on LGBTQ+ legal, political, and social issues. Christine has taught about and fought against discrimination based on LGBTQ+ identity, gender, race, ethnicity, and against sexual harassment. Her community activism includes serving as the former president of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Network of West Michigan and on the board of GLSEN Grand Rapids. Her cases and advocacy have been covered by numerous media outlets. She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jay Kaplan has been the staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project since its founding in 2001. He has worked on cases including challenging undercover sting operations targeting gay men, fighting Michigan’s constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, defending the validity of second parent adoptions granted in Michigan, and the recent Supreme Court case decision in Bostock, holding that LGBT people are protected against employment discrimination. Jay was honored with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Michigan State Bar and the 2010 Virginia Uribe Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association (NEA).