Patrick Kelly studied for his undergraduate degree in Boston, where he became an activist on campus for LGBTQ rights and for civil rights more generally. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the BGLTSA organizing speak-outs and learning days and he reached across groups – for example working with the Catholic Students Association – trying to create understanding among the student body and a safe space for all LGBTQ people. He studied rights doctrines all over the world, studied abroad, and became interested in public service. He felt that the best way he could serve his community was to try and make sure that no one would ever have to face the same violence that he did. Outside of school, Patrick served as an intern at the only national queer youth listening line, expanding their database of resources and conducting telephone counseling to distressed youth.

Patrick graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and has taken the California Bar Exam in hopes to use his law degree to work as a lobbyist on behalf of civil and human rights for all people, especially the LGBTQ community. Combining his experiences as a hate-crime victim and as a lobbyist with Equality California, he knows that a law degree will enable him to be a fully effective advocate for the community, working both to pass laws that will empower and protect it and to educate stakeholders about the very real needs and struggles LGBT people face. Patrick is currently an associate at Sidley Austin, LLP which is the same firm where President Barak Obama met Michelle and is also one of the leading providers of pro bono assistance for lesbian and trans individual seeking immigration amnesty to avoid abuse and persecution in their home countries.

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