Zsea Bowmani (@LiberationGreen) is a civil rights attorney and legal scholar with a focus on race, gender, reproductive justice, human and animal rights, environmental justice, and the law. Zsea recently served as the Tawani Transgender Rights Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Illinois. His work there included impact litigation and policy work in employment discrimination, policing, prisons, youth and schools, and healthcare access for transgender and gender nonconforming people in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Zsea also worked in support of transgender employees in the U.S. District Court case Boyden v. State of Wisconsin.
Prior to working at the ACLU, Zsea was the first If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he helped develop the organization’s intersectional Reproductive Justice and LGBTQ work across state, federal, and training program areas. He also reviewed the Task Force’s joint amicus briefs, drafted talking points, and developed social media and educational materials for U.S. Supreme Court cases Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and Zubik v. Burwell. As a Fellow, Zsea authored the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Reproductive Justice Advocacy Toolkit.
In addition to his legal work, Zsea’s scholarship includes an award-winning paper on the use of racial and sexual stereotypes in U.S. asylum cases of queer individuals fleeing persecution, published in Georgetown’s Journal of Gender and the Law, and the intersection of cisgender and reproductive justice. A native of Los Angeles, Zsea received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. In his free time, Zsea enjoys writing fiction, hiking, biking, fashion, and baking vegan desserts.
Taylor Brown is the 2017-2019 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow at the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal. Her fellowship is geared towards addressing inequities in law and policy for African-American LGBT people and African-American PLWH.
Taylor received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Taylor was a Carolina Covenant Scholar. At Cardozo, Taylor was a Nathaniel E. Gates Scholar. She served as Vice President of Cardozo OUTLaw and she was involved with the Minority Law Students Alliance and Black Law Students Association. During law school, Taylor worked on death penalty appellate litigation at the Georgia Resource Center, served as a legal intern in the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal’s National Headquarters and was a 2016 Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Chinyere Ezie is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer who specializes in trans rights advocacy and racial justice work.
Prior to joining The Center for Constitutional Rights, Chinyere was a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI Southerners, including trans prisoners’ rights activist Ashley Diamond. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she litigated trans employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers who were subjected to religious harassment.
Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she was President of Columbia Outlaws and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law.
In her free time, Chinyere enjoys photography, graphic design, and spending time with her wife and puppy.
Ezra Cukor is a Supervising Attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). Before joining CCHR, he represented low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers in employment, housing, and name change matters as a staff attorney in the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group. In 2017, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized Cukor as one of the best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Cukor is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School. He is also active in the New York City Bar Association.back to top