In 2010, Ryan Kendall ’14 was a key witness in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the federal trial that challenged California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Kendall’s testimony during the intense, 12-day trial included recounting the trauma he experienced as a teenager from having undergone conversion therapy, a discredited process that claims to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
His contributions to building the case against Proposition 8 are now featured in a new book by NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, The Story of Hollingsworth v. Perry (Crown Publishers). Participating in Hollingsworth v. Perry instilled in Kendall the confidence to apply to GS and complete his undergraduate degree. Today, Kendall is a candidate for a Juris Doctor in the Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program at UCLA School of Law.