Sam Ames is the Interim Executive Director of Trans Lifeline, as well as a civil rights attorney and national advocate with a decade of experience fighting for LGBTQ rights. Sam grew up in Los Angeles and received their B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008 and their J.D. from George Washington University in 2012.
Sam spent the early years of their legal career as a policy clerk and staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights working on constitutional law cases involving marriage equality, employment discrimination, and family law. At NCLR, Sam went on to found the BornPerfect Campaign – a national effort to end conversion therapy through legislation, litigation, and public education. In 2016, Sam left NCLR to pursue a Master of Divinity at Harvard University, where they studied religious trauma and alternative ministry with populations excluded from traditionally religious spaces, and worked as a hospital chaplain on an inpatient psychiatric unit in San Francisco.
Sam has testified before state legislatures, Congressional representatives, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Sam is also a consultant on LGBTQ issues nationwide, an avid AIDS LifeCycle rider, and a die-hard Harry Potter fan.
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