History of Pride Law Fund

In 1979,

Pride Law Fund (formerly the National Educational Foundation for Individual Rights) was founded by members of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gay Rights Advocates, the Lesbian Rights Project, the Texas Human Rights Foundation, and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders to raise money to support gay civil rights litigation and national education projects. Pride Law Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable organization.

Our current efforts

are largely focused on the Summer and Steel Fellowship Programs. Since 1984, Pride Law Fund has funded over 100 summer fellowships to law students working as interns on LGBT and HIV/AIDS-related legal projects. In 2001, we launched the Tom Steel Fellowship, one of the first year-long fellowships on LGBT issues in the nation, to fund a recent law school graduate for an innovative, public interest law project. The Steel Fellowship helps the next generation of legal advocates for the LGBT community to develop the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

Pride Law Fund fellowships have supported work at organizations including the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, American Civil Liberties Union, East Bay Community Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Urban Justice Center, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services and many others, in locations ranging from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York to Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix and Portland, Maine.