Nancy Polikoff

Nancy Polikoff

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Nancy Polikoff has been a Project Contributor since May 2008, has written 103 entries and currently lives in Washington, DC.


Gay rights activist and American University law professor Nancy D. Polikoff is the author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law, published by Beacon Press in 2008. The book is the first in Beacon’s Queer Ideas series, edited by Michael Bronski. Nancy has been working on issues involving lesbian and gay families for more than 30 years and is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Before joining the faculty at American University Washington College of Law, she was one of the founders of a feminist law collective and she directed family law programs at the Women’s Legal Defense Fund. Her articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, and her history of the development of the law affecting lesbian and gay parenting appears as a chapter in J. D=Emilio, W. Turner, and U. Vaid, eds., Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights (2000). She helped develop the legal theories in support of second-parent adoption and visitation rights for legally unrecognized parents, and she was successful counsel in In re M.M.D., the 1995 case that established joint adoption for lesbian and gay couples in the District of Columbia, and Boswell v. Boswell, the 1998 Maryland case overturning restrictions on a gay noncustodial father=s visitation rights. Nancy also blogs at

Nancy Polikoff: Recently Filed


Primetime Sends Mixed Transgender Message

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 06, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Just a couple of years ago, Barbara Walters did an extraordinary job covering trans kids on a 20/20 special. ABC's Primetime Nightline is on the same network. I figured it would be just as good. Read More


Breast Cancer Activist Brenner Featured in USA Today

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday the newspaper profiled Barbara Brenner, a lesbian breast cancer activist who has been fighting ALS.Read More


Let the Maps Begin! First Data from Census 2010

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 17, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yesterday The Williams Institute released the first color-coded state maps with data from Census 2010.Read More

Evangelical Church Worker Arrested in Anti-Gay Kidnapping Case

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The FBI has arrested Timothy David Miller for aiding and abetting the international kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins by her biological mother, Lisa Miller. (Background on the long-running litigation between Lisa, who became an evangelical Christian, and her former civil union...Read More

Lesbian Appointed to Hawaii Supreme Court

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | March 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I have an address book that is more than 25-years-old. When I heard that Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie had nominated Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii Supreme Court, I knew the name immediately. Could this be the same Sabrina McKenna who...Read More