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LaLa B Holston-Zannell

Senior Campaign Strategist

ACLU National Political Advocacy Division


LaLa Holston-Zannell leads the ACLU’s advocacy and organizing work to support and empower transgender and nonbinary people.

LaLa spoke at the White House for the first Women’s History Month briefing that included transwoman, the last briefing on transgender people under the Obama administration, and also testified at the first Congressional forum on violence against transgender people. In 2015, LaLa was featured on the Advocate’s Trans 100 list.

As chair of the policy and working group committee for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), LaLa was part of passing Intro 541 which addresses unconstitutional searches by the NYPD.

Recently, LaLa created the first Trans Discrimination Survey in New York City to collect data on trans people’s experiences in employment. The findings were released in City Hall Park alongside City Council officials and TGNC leaders.

She was previously Lead Organizer at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) where she led AVP’s public community organizing work by doing advocacy, outreach and networking on behalf of LGBTQ New Yorkers who have experienced violence.

Selected InterviewsUSA Today: This is how you stop violence against LGBTQ people, according to a prominent activistNBC: Analysis: How ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Fuels Transgender VictimizationFull Frontal with Samantha Bee: Pride Like It’s 1969