Meet Our New Director of Family Engagement: Nayah Mullings

Family Equality is thrilled to welcome a new member to our Program team: Nayah Mullings, Director of Family Engagement. Nayah brings a wealth of experience to this new position, and we are so excited to work together to achieve lived and legal equality for current and future LGBTQ+ families. 

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Nayah Mullings, Director of Family Engagement

Nayah Mullings is a queer facilitator, educator, and community builder with years of experience working with LGBTQ+, and gender-marginalized people, primarily those in multicultural spaces and communities of color. Nayah has a background in education and most recently served as Director of the Women’s and Gender Center at Amherst College prior to joining Family Equality as Director of Family Engagement in June 2021.

Top favorite podcasts/books: 
marginality as a site of resistance by bell hooks
Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I love storytelling, singing, being my cat Moira’s annoying friend, watching gymnastics, and learning about global Indigenous/Black/queer/trans liberation and sovereignty.

What drives you to do this work? I care deeply about facilitating connections between people who share experiences and building inclusive and anti-oppressive communities across differences. I also love creating educational and support resources for those who need them, as we navigate challenging systems and institutions individually and with our families. I believe that LGBTQ+ families are such an important part of any quest for reproductive justice and our liberation, and the ways that we queer, create and choose family are visions of our liberated future.

What does family equality mean to you? Family equality to me means honoring, celebrating, advocating for, and supporting LGBTQ+ families in all their gorgeous forms, and centering those most marginalized in that work!

Life motto: I don’t have a motto that I’ve been committed to for any amount of time, but some words that inspire me are, “If we’re going to heal, let it be glorious.” – Warsan Shire