Williams Institute Announces Corporate Partnership with Target to Conduct Research on LGBT Law and Public Policy

For Immediate Distribution
Aug. 18, 2015

Lauren Jow, jow@law.ucla.edu, 310-206-0314

LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law today announced that Target has signed on as the institute’s newest Premier Corporate Partner. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Williams Institute is the leading research center on LGBT law and public policy.

“We are thrilled to have Target join our growing list of corporate sponsors. With this generous sponsorship, Target allows the Institute to continue tackling research on critical matters including LGBTQ youth, employment non-discrimination, transgender people and our growing international work,” said Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute. “It is gifts like these that allow us to respond quickly to research requests when legislation is considered at local, state and federal levels or when bills are under review by our state and federal courts.”

Williams Institute scholars were included in the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion legalizing marriage for same-sex couples in all 50 states, and the institute’s research was cited in more than half of the briefs filed in the case.

“Target aims to champion an inclusive society by leveraging our influence and resources to support equality in the communities our guests live and work in,” said Caroline Wanga, director of diversity and inclusion at Target. “This exciting partnership with the Williams Institute is just one of the many ways we demonstrate our commitment to the LGBTQ community. We are proud to support the important research they do in areas such as employment non-discrimination, adoption, parenting, transgender people and LGBTQ youth.”

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