Candace Bond-Theriault is a writer, yogi, lipstick enthusiast and aspiring optimist. She is the Senior Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, and the Democracy Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force where she works through a black queer feminist lens to create change and shift culture towards intersectional liberation. Candace received her LL.M. degree in politics and legislation from the American University Washington College of Law, her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her B.A. in Human Rights with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality from the College of William and Mary. Her writing has appeared in the Advocate, the Grio and the Huffington Post. She lives in Northern Virginia, with her husband and the cutest yorkie you’ve ever seen.