(Los Angeles) Today, the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC) is proud to announce that its Deputy Executive Director James Gilliam is a recipient of Loyola Law School’s Outlaw Alumni of the Year Award.
Gilliam received his law degree from Loyola Law School in 2003 and has been one of its most active alumni.  The Outlaw Alumni Award is bestowed on graduates who demonstrate, in their practice of law and public service, a deep concern for social justice and an unwavering commitment to advance the rights of the LGBT community.
Since joining the ACLU/SC in 2010, Gilliam founded and now directs the LGBTQ Student Rights Project, which is dedicated to stopping the unlawful bullying and harassment in California schools and creating school communities that promote safety and respect for all students.
“As a graduate of Loyola Law School, the Outlaw Alumni Award is very meaningful to me because it provides an opportunity to highlight the advocacy the ACLU/SC has done on behalf of the LGBTQ community for almost fifty years,” said Gilliam.  “We will continue our quest for equality until the LGBTQ community is afforded all the rights and protections it deserves.”
“The LGBTQ Student Rights Project at the ACLU/SC is not only responsible for passing legislation that positively impacts the lives of LGBTQ youth,” said Mieko Failey, President of Loyola’s Outlaw organization. “But it also continues to grow as one of the most well-respected projects working with the LGBTQ youth in the country.”
“I am proud of James’ extraordinary work on behalf of the LGBTQ community,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU/SC. “James’ tireless and relentless efforts have not only put our LGBTQ Student Rights Project on the map, but have made a real difference in the lives of the youth who need our help.”
A longtime activist for the LGBTQ community, prior to attending law school Gilliam served as the executive director of the organization in Nashville, TN that produced the annual gay pride parade and celebration.