About Fund for Equality

Who we are

We’ve made historic progress for equal rights, passing better legislation against hate crimes and protecting marriage equality — but the LGBTQ community still isn’t protected. In 28 states across the country, it’s still legal to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

And with President Trump in the White House, it seems the forces of reaction and opponents of progress have gotten bolder, stronger and more entrenched. They aren’t just standing in the way of meaningful progress — they’re looking to roll back many of the important victories we’ve fought so hard to win.

For example, the Trump administration has allowed health care workers to refuse care to LGBTQ Americans based on religious beliefs, rolled back an Obama-era order allowing transgender people to openly serve in the U.S. military, and continues to oppose the Equality Act as we work to get it passed in the Senate.

Overcoming these forces means not only getting people on our side, but getting thousands or even millions of people involved, united and ready to speak out with one voice and calling on decision-makers to do what’s right.

In a historic victory this May, we helped get the Equality Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives — a major milestone for equality. This act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

In other words, if we want to see real change happen, it will take people power. That’s what Fund for Equality is all about — being leaders in building people power to bring about real and lasting change in our country.

Think about when change does happen — whether it’s to move the ball forward or holding the line for equal rights. You might see the president, a governor or the courts in the headlines, like when the Defense of Marriage Act was repealed.

But the real story often takes place behind the scenes, when thousands or even millions of people make their voices heard through petitions, emails, small donations and face-to-face meetings to hold decision-makers accountable to equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

That’s people power. That’s what it takes to win real change, and that's what you’ll help deliver with Fund for Equality.

Our team

Whether you’re a canvass director or canvasser, you’re an integral part of a group committed to building a strong campaign to win on the real challenges and problems we face.

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson
Partners Director
Started on staff: 2010
B.A., Ithaca College

Kyle started as the partners director with Fund for Equality in Washington, D.C., in 2019. After graduating from Ithaca College, Kyle got her start with Fund for the Public Interest helping to run canvass offices in 15 states. She later worked as the hiring director with The Public Interest Network to hire staff into jobs ranging from advocate to program director with Fair Share, Environment America, U.S. PIRG and more.

“I developed my skills as a young professional, built my resume and changed the world all at the same time.”

— Kasha Lovato, field manager, then director in the Atlanta office
 

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