Leah Juliett (they/them) is an award-winning LGBTQ+ speaker, writer, performer, and political change-maker from the Greater New York area, Leah is the Executive Director and Founder of The March Against Revenge Porn, an international cyber civil rights campaign raising awareness of nonconsensual image distribution through national protest marches. Leah is also the Executive Director and Founder of the National LGBTQ+ Youth Town Hall, a national political campaign empowering queer and transgender youth to get engaged with their representatives and vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Leah is the first gender non-conforming winner of Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year, a GLAAD Rising Star Award recipient, the winner of the Delta Airlines Accelerating Acceptance Grant, and the recipient of the Excellence in Student Journalism honor from the National Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists. Leah’s activism primarily focuses on combatting LGBTQIA+ discrimination, political engagement, revenge porn and cyber civil rights.
As Executive Director and Founder of The March Against Revenge Porn, Leah utilizes protest, education, media advocacy and grassroots organizing to shed light on intersectional victimization by cyber sex crimes. The March Against Revenge Porn advocates for state and federal legislation changes, stigma-free dialogue, internet safety for LGBTQ+ youth and public school cyber sex education. Leah's has trainings and keynote presentations at universities, high schools, and conferences nationwide.
In 2018, Leah served as Intern to United States Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut at the United States Senate. While interning for Senator Murphy, Leah issued a staff training presentation on transgender civil rights issues. Previously, Leah has served as Senior Policy Intern at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence as part of the Hancock Student Leadership Coalition. During this time, Leah worked investigating the close relationship between revenge porn and human sex trafficking. Leah worked with the Trafficking in Persons Council at the Connecticut General Assembly to propose amending Connecticut's state nonconsensual image law, and is currently advocating to implement the proposed amendments. Throughout the Summer of 2017, Leah served as District Intern to United States Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty at the House of Representatives. During this time, Leah created an accessible database of district-wide LGBTQ+ resources for administrative use. In the Fall of 2016, Leah completed an internship in Communications with OutRight Action International, the only LGBTIQ organization with affiliation with the United Nations. During the internship, Leah utilized both communication and activism skills to analyze global human rights abuses- and had the opportunity to attend the highest level meeting on LGBTQ+ issues in the history of the United Nations.
.Leah is a Founding member of the Campus Ambassador Program at GLAAD, the nation's largest LGBTQ+ media organization. Through GLAAD, Leah can be seen in viral social media campaigns accelerating acceptance nationwide. Most recently, Leah authored an open letter to Congress on gun violence prevention and reform, which was signed by over 100 college representatives. Leah was featured in GLAAD"s "#Say the 7 Campaign in the Huffington Post, Spirit Day Campaign in Teen Vogue, and their viral Seventeen Magazine LGBTQ video campaign. This past fall, Leah organized an LGBTQ+ collegiate roundtable with university administrative staff, students, and representatives, and serves as an LGBTQ+ liaison at Western Connecticut State University. In May 2017, Leah joined GLAAD to present on activism in the digital age at the Human Rights Campaign "Time to Thrive" Conference in Washington, D.C, and has joined GLAAD at the National Equality March and the New York City Pride March. Additionally, Leah has been trained in GLAAD"s official Media Training Institute.
Since 2012, Leah has been working with national and regional LGBTQ+ organizations. Leah worked with PFLAG and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare to discuss methods and policies to combat transgender healthcare inequity, Leah has worked with The True Colors Organization, Boston Pride, New York Heritage of Pride, The Ally Coalition, and The Human Rights Campaign. In 2015, Leah served as a social media ambassador for Instagram's critically acclaimed and viral "Visible Me" campaign. Leah has also worked with The Connecticut Department of Justice on their LGBTQ "It Gets Better Campaign". In 2016, Leah served as a national brand ambassador for Feminist Apparel. :
JOURNALISIM and POETRY
Leah is a member of the National Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists (NLGJA) and recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Student Journalism Award for their work exposing the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and cyber sexual violence. Their political essays and poems have been featured in numerous journals and publications, including Seventeen Magazine (August 2017), Glamour Magazine, Happiful Magazine, Palm Springs Pride Magazine, GLAAD, Grok Nation, MTV News, and OutRight Action International. National poetry journals include Death in the Afternoon (Cornell University), The Manifest-Station, and The Body Back Project. Leah is an alumni of the Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry Festival.
Leah received their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Conflict Resolution and focus in Gender Studies and Justice and Law Administration from the Kathwari Honors Program at Western Connecticut State University. Leah plans to pursue a career in civil rights law and social justice. Leah is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Global Citizen Award, the Arthur & Alberta Rosien Memorial Scholarship for Political Science, the Dena M. Castricone scholarship, the David Knapp scholarship, and the 2017 Hancock Student Leadership Award.
Leah has recieved LGBTQ+ media training from the GLAAD Media Institute (2017) and leadership training from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference (2013). Leah served as a leadership staff member at the 2014 and 2015 Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminars. Additionally, Leah has served on the Future Corps leadership team of the Brave New Voices 2017 International Slam Poetry Competition.
Leah can be seen discussing queer issues, political activism, and revenge porn on over fifty digital, traditional, and print media circuits:
Digital: CNN, Teen Vogue, The Daily Mail, MTV, The Hollywood reporter, Refinery 29, Refinery 29: Queer Voices, Seventeen Magazine, THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER, Popsugar, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, VARIETY, Billboard, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Millenial Politics
Print: HAPPIFUL MAGAZINE, SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE, TEEN VOGUE, ATTITUDE MAGAZINE, AFFINITY MAGAZINE, LA REPUBBLICA, Palm Springs Pride Magazine, The Ithaca College Chronicle, The Danbury News-Times