Point Scholar 2011 - 2013
Kip Williams was raised by his single mother in East Tennessee. At 18, his childhood church dismissed him from leadership because he was gay. As a student at the University of Tennessee, he discovered a passion for community organizing through the labor and anti-war movements, and he developed a campaign to bring his hometown into the 2004 national dialogue about marriage equality.
Kip attended the first training of the New Organizing Institute in 2006, and he moved to San Francisco to support progressive nonprofits like the League of Young Voters to integrate online communications into their field operations. He helped lead the national wave of grassroots activism following the passage of California's Prop 8 in 2008. He served as Co-Director of the National Equality March, which brought more than 150,000 people to rally in D.C. for LGBTQ equality in October 2009 and pressured Congress to pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He then co-founded GetEQUAL.org, an organization that employs civil disobedience to hold elected officials accountable to their promises on LGBTQ issues, and which increased pressure to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011.
Kip received his MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2013. He is currently training as a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern with several agencies, including Queer LifeSpace in San Francisco's historic Castro district. He specializes in Buddhist psychotherapy for SF's queer communities and Restorative Justice counseling for victims of crime and the formerly incarcerated.