Kate Kendell is part of Change.org’s Changemakers network, comprised of leading voices for social change. Change.org asked Ms. Kendell to respond to questions to provide context for her work and the causes she supports.
Change.org: What cause or causes would you most like to promote as a Changemaker and why?
Alliance and cross-cultural work to elevate the effectiveness of social justice organizations, highlighting federal policy work while we have a sympathetic administration to make serious gains.
Change.org: If you could ask 1 million people to all do one thing to advance causes that matter to you, what would it be?
Tell three friends or family why full justice and equality for LGBT people is important to you and ask them to join you in eliminating bias and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Change.org: If you could ask President Obama and the U.S. Congress to do one thing to advance you cause, what would it be?
Eradicate all laws that stigmatize people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Change.org: Briefly discuss a time when you were part of making real change and why that effort was particularly successful?
Acting as lead counsel in the California marriage case. The case was in so many ways the culmination of 30 years of legal and policy advocacy all over the country on a whole range of issues affecting the lives of LGBT people. If that early work has not been done we would not have been in a position to win marriage at the California Supreme Court, which, regardless of Prop 8, remains a significant victory for LGBT people in California and the rest of the country.