The largest LGBTQ rights-focused gift in ACLU history will name the Jon L. Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project. Formally established in 1986 and housed at the ACLU Ruth Bader Ginsburg Liberty Center, the project works to ensure justice and equality for LGBTQ people and those living with HIV.
Stryker and Randjelović, who married in 2016, are longtime supporters of the ACLU. Stryker is the founder and president of the Arcus Foundation.
"LGBTQ rights are literally life-and-death human rights issues," said Stryker. "I've learned that in the United States and around the world, many people are still unaware of the discrimination and violence faced by LGBTQ people. We're talking about ordinary people who are trying to live openly but lack the freedom to do so without facing severe consequences. Some may think the days of people being thrown in jail for being LGBTQ are over in the United States, but particularly for Black and Brown transgender women, that is far from true."
"We will use Jon and Slo's generosity to change the law and create a culture where discrimination against LGBTQ people is unfathomable. They understand that as long as LGBTQ people can be used as fodder for political attacks — such as the bills against trans youth currently moving in states around the country — that our entire community will be vulnerable to discrimination," said James Esseks, director of the Jon L. Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project. "We need the resources to fight on all fronts — in the states and at the federal level, in courts and in communities, and that's what Jon and Slo's generosity will allow us to do."