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Subscriber Spotlight: Tyrone Hanley

Diverge is pleased to continue introducing our amazing subscribers organizing for our radically inclusive proposed federal credit union. Today we are proud to present Tyrone Hanley, Director of Racial and Economic Justice Initiatives for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.


Tyrone Hanley was born and raised with his two brothers by his Black lesbian mother in a low-income community in the ‘burbs of Chicago. She taught him how to be authentic, loving, curious, and non-judgmental.


Tyrone Hanley

Tyrone brings his upbringing into his work by focusing on those most marginalized in the LGBTQ community. Prior to coming to NCLR, Tyrone worked as the HIV Prevention Manager at SMYAL, a DC-area LGBTQ youth organization. He has also previously served as the Gender Public Advocacy Center’s Youth Program Coordinator and as an AmeriCorps/National AIDS Fund member at HIPS, a DC-based harm reduction organization for sex workers and drug users.


As Director of Racial and Economic Justice Initiatives, he focuses on the criminalization of queer/trans sexuality and those living with HIV and LGBTQ poverty. Tyrone was a creator of the #EndBadHIVLaws campaign with the Center for HIV Law and Policy and Human Rights Campaign. He was also a co-author of the first national LGBTQ poverty agenda, “Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action, Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All,” co-founder of the National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network, and founder of NCLR’s “We Serve with Love” campaign.


Tyrone graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish and obtained his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.


He currently resides in Washington, DC with his partner Michael and their dog Meredith.

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