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The passage of Prop 8 was a life-changing moment for me.

In November of 2008, after eight years of Republican polices that led to a worldwide financial crisis and downbeaten minorities, voters went to the polls and elected Barack Obama – but in California they also elected to ban same-sex marriage.

The passage of Prop 8 was a life-changing moment for me.

Like so many Americans, I needed answers and I needed to take action. Over the next few weeks I created The New Civil Rights Movement, to provide those answers and galvanize a community of progressives to help advance civil rights for LGBT people. Since then, we’ve grown NCRM into one of the most powerful voices for progressives, the LGBT community, and other under-represented minorities in the country.

And there’s still so much work we’re going to do together. That’s why, in 2018, NCRM became part of AlterNet Media, to help us give our readers an even better experience and access to even more information.

Thank you for reading, thank you for standing up for civil rights and equal rights, and thank you for your support.

David Badash,
Editor in Chief, The New Civil Rights Movement

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David Badash, Editor in Chief: David is the founder and editor of The New Civil Rights Movement, a news and opinion site focused on progressive news, politics, and LGBT civil rights. Founded in 2008, NCRM won a GLAAD Award in 2014. Badash has been quoted nationally and internationally, including in The Washington Post and Politico. He lives in Provincetown with his two dogs.

Gwendolyn Smith, Contributing Editor: Gwen is a long time transgender activist, community manager, and writer. She created the first public online resource for transgender people on the internet in 1994, and founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife and their feline.

Sarah Toce, Contributing Editor: Sarah is an award-winning journalist and global influencer based in Seattle, WA. She currently serves as President of The Society of Professional Journalists – Western Washington Pro Chapter and is the Women’s Outreach Director of GALECA – The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. Follow her @SarahToce and via www.sarahtoce.com.

Brody Levesque, Chief Political CorrespondentBrody is an experienced veteran journalist and editor as well as a freelance writer.  He has been working in the online media industry since 2003, and spent the previous twenty-two years as a wire service reporter. From 2009 until 2015 Brody was the Washington Bureau Chief of LGBTQ Nation Magazine, a web based news media for the LGBTQI community. He also produces RATED LGBT RADIO, a weekly radio chat show based in Los Angeles.