Christine Alexandria Yared
Christine A. Yared has been practicing law for over three decades. She has consistently been an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as an attorney, writer, speaker, educator, and activist. Christine has fought against discrimination based on LGBTQ identity, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and against sexual harassment. As a writer, public speaker, and trainer, she has shared her expertise and experiences with social and nonprofit organizations, educators, students, social service professionals, religious groups and businesses.
Christine obtained her law degree from Stetson University and her undergraduate degree in business administration from Michigan State University. She has taught courses as an adjunct professor in constitutional law, LGBTQ law, civil rights history, cultural communication and diversity at Grand Valley State University.
She has engaged in community service for national, state and local nonprofit organizations and professional service for legal and educational associations. She is a member of and serves on the council of the Michigan Bar Association's LGBTQA Section. Yared is also a member of the Authors Guild and the Alliance of Independent Authors. Her work has been informed by her personal experience as an Arab American, lesbian, parent, and wife.
Christine has had leadership roles with nonprofit and professional boards and committees, including:
Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Grand Rapids chapter co-chair, Board
American Civil Liberties Union, West Michigan Chapter, Lawyers Committee
Lesbian & Gay Community Network of West MI, President, Board of Directors
Healing Children of Conflict, founding board member
Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Grand Valley State University
President's Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues, Grand Valley State University
Faculty Advisor, student LGBTQ organization, Grand Valley State University
Michigan Bar Association and Grand Rapids Bar Association, served on numerous committees
Press and Media Mentions
- Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio interview, Story of gay high school teacher to illustrate lack of civil rights protections
- “Gay teacher: Gerry Crane's story,” - Between the Lines, Carol Tanis
- "SCOTUS ruling 25 years too late for ousted W MI teacher,"Barton Deiters, WOOD TV, NBC affiliate
- "Lesbian is Equitable Parent of Her Non-biological Child," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Traci R. Gentilozzi,
- “Mother seeks justice following daughter’s assault at school,” Between the Lines, Drew Howard