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Joan Gibbs

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Early life and education[edit]

Gibbs was born in Harlem on January 17, 1953, and raised in Swan Quarter, N.C., returning to New York City at the age of 14.[3] Gibbs attended the Bronx High School of Science and graduated from SUNY Empire State.[4]

In her youth, Gibbs was a member of the Young Socialists Alliance and later was an active participant in the fledgling LGBTQIA+ movement.[5]

New Left and antiracist lesbian activism[edit]

Gibbs was a member of Liberation News Service, the activist news agency, and worked at the National Lawyers Guild’s Grand Jury Project.[6][7][8]

Gibbs was the founding editor of “Azalea: A Magazine by Third World Lesbians,”[9] which presented fiction, poetry, and other forms by writers including Audre Lorde, Sapphire, and Jewelle Gomez.[10] Azalea was published between 1977 and 1983.[11][12] Gibbs' own poetry book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was published in 1979.[13]

In 1980, Gibbs co-edited the anthology “Top Ranking: A Collection of Articles on Racism and Classism in the Lesbian Community”[14] and co-founded an anti-racist organization called Dykes Against Racism Everywhere (DARE).[15][16][17]

Law career[edit]

Gibbs graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1985, where she studied constitutional and civil rights law. She was admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

She was a Marvin Karpatkin Fellow in the National Office of the ACLU, and, as staff attorney for its Women’s Rights Project, she litigated sex discrimination cases under the 14th Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Gibbs was also a long-term member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers’ International Affairs Section and a board member of the Brecht Forum.

As staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, she litigated cases involving gender and racial justice and represented political activists such Herman Ferguson. As an independent attorney, she also represented members of the Black Panther Party.[18] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gibbs represented many of those arrested in ACT UP demonstrations.[19][20]

Gibbs served as general counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) of Medgar Evers College for approximately 28 years, working on redistricting cases[21]. She also served as project director of the CLSJ Immigration Law Program, and was appointed to the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Assistance Advisory Committee. She was frequently interviewed in media.[22]

International solidarity work[edit]

Gibbs played a role in numerous international campaigns, including the U.S. anti-apartheid movement. She helped craft a campaign that eventually led to passage of New York City Council Resolution 0285[23], which calls on the U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba and the restrictive travel ban on U.S. citizens. The resolution also called for removing Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.[24][25][26]

New York City local political work[edit]

Gibbs worked on behalf of People United for Children, a group advocating for children in foster care, headed by Sharonne Salaam, mother of Councilmember Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five.[27]

Later years[edit]

Gibbs underwent a series of surgeries related to cardiovascular disease in 2023[28] and died on March 14, 2024 at her home in Brooklyn.[29]

References[edit]

  1. "TRIBUTE TO JOAN GIBBS, BLACK LESBIAN MOVEMENT GIANT". wbai.org. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  2. "Remembering NYC Activist and Civil Rights Lawyer Joan Gibbs (1953-2024)". www.thebody.com. 2024-04-01. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  3. "Joan Gibbs, activist attorney, dies at 70". New York Amsterdam News. 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  4. "Remembering NYC Activist and Civil Rights Lawyer Joan Gibbs (1953-2024)". www.thebody.com. 2024-04-01. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  5. "138 Joan Gibbs (1953 - 2024)". ACT UP Oral History Project. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  6. outfm (March 26, 2024). "TRIBUTE TO JOAN GIBBS, BLACK LESBIAN MOVEMENT GIANT".
  7. A Soldier's Story. Search this book on
  8. "Remembering NYC Activist and Civil Rights Lawyer Joan Gibbs (1953-2024)". www.thebody.com. 2024-04-01. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  9. "Azalea | Lesbian Poetry Archive". www.lesbianpoetryarchive.org. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  10. Tracy, Matt (2024-03-25). "Joan Gibbs, renowned lesbian activist and attorney, dies at 71". gaycitynews.com. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  11. Gay USA 3/20/2024 | Veteran Lesbian Civil RightsAttorney Joan Gibbs has Died. Retrieved 2024-03-27 – via www.youtube.com.
  12. Strongman, SaraEllen (April 2018). "'Creating justice between us': Audre Lorde's theory of the erotic as coalitional politics in the Women's Movement". Feminist Theory. 19 (1): 41–59. doi:10.1177/1464700117742870. ISSN 1464-7001.
  13. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place | Lesbian Poetry Archive". www.lesbianpoetryarchive.org. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  14. "Top Ranking: A Collection of Articles on Racism and Classism in the Lesbian Community | Lesbian Poetry Archive". www.lesbianpoetryarchive.org. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  15. Lewis, Abram J. (2010-04-01). ""Within the Ashes of Our Survival" Lesbian and Gay Antiracist Organizing in New York City, 1980-1984". UCLA Center for the Study of Women Thinking Gender Papers.
  16. Estes, Steve (2015-04-03). "Hanhardt, Christina B. Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence Durham, NC: Duke University Press 358 pp., $25.95, ISBN 0822354705 Publication Date: December 2013". History: Reviews of New Books. 43 (2): 60–61. doi:10.1080/03612759.2015.989090. ISSN 0361-2759.
  17. Hanhardt, Christina B. (November 2013). Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. Durham NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-5470-3.CS1 maint: Date and year (link) Search this book on
  18. OutFM (March 26, 2024). "Tribute to Joan Gibbs, Black Lesbian Attorney, Activist and Movement Giant".
  19. Tracy, Matt (2024-03-25). "Joan Gibbs, renowned lesbian activist and attorney, dies at 71". gaycitynews.com. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  20. "138 Joan Gibbs (1953 - 2024)". ACT UP Oral History Project. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  21. hlr (2015-04-10). "Favors v. Cuomo". Harvard Law Review. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  22. "Joan Gibbs". CUNY TV. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  23. "The New York City Council - File #: Res 0285-2022". legistar.council.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  24. "Joan Gibbs, activist attorney, dies at 70". New York Amsterdam News. 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  25. "Joan P. Gibbs, Esq. , Author at New York Amsterdam News". New York Amsterdam News. 2023-06-29. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  26. wibailoutpeople (2024-03-19). "In Loving Memory of Joan Gibbs". Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  27. "Joan Gibbs, activist attorney, dies at 70". New York Amsterdam News. 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  28. "Joan Gibbs, activist attorney, dies at 70". New York Amsterdam News. 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-27.
  29. "Joan Gibbs, activist attorney, dies at 70". New York Amsterdam News. 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-27.


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