My Name is Pauli Murray

Must-see documentary My Name is Pauli Murray shown on the big screen in the theater followed by a panel discussion with film producer and Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project.

October 13th - October 13th

“Jaw-dropping … an extraordinary documentary.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A must-see doc about a must-know subject.”

The Hollywood Reporter

From the Academy Award-nominated directors of RBG, this documentary is a portrait of Pauli Murray’s impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world.


Overlooked by history, Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights arguments. Using voluminous journals and letters to let Murray tell her own story, the film is a dynamic history lesson and introduction to a hero for civil rights for whom recognition is long overdue. My Name is Pauli Murray had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Following the film, stay for a panel discussion about the making of the documentary plus an update on the current state of LGBTQ+ legal rights. A Producer of the film joins us to talk about My Name is Pauli Murray and Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project, provides an up-to-date overview of how the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs decision is impacting the LGBTQ+ legal landscape.

The Artists

Jay Kaplan

Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project

He has worked on cases including challenging undercover sting operations targeting gay men, fighting Michigan’s constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, defending the validity of second parent adoptions granted in Michigan, and recently advocating for a transgender high school student to be able to run for prom court. Jay was honored with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Michigan State Bar and the 2010 Virginia Uribe Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association (NEA).