Dale Noll, a trusts and estates lawyer at Akerman LLP in Miami, has been named president-elect of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Noll, 42, has been active in the association since before he graduated from University of Miami law school in 2012. While a student, he helped organize the association’s annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair.
In February, Noll becomes president for a one-year term. In summer 2017, he will preside over the LGBT Bar’s 28th annual Lavender Law conference.
“When I’m the president, I hope I will be able to assist the organization in focusing on those issues that in our fight for marriage equality maybe have not gotten all the attention they deserved,” he said.
Among those issues: transgender rights and fighting to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood. For decades after the start of the AIDS crisis, the Food and Drug Administration banned men from donating blood if they had had sex with other men since 1977. In late 2015, the FDA began allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have been celibate for at least a year.
Noll said he intends to “make sure we are keeping the momentum on LGBT rights moving forward and watch for the backlash against the LGBT community.”
He lives in Hollywood with husband Adolfo Gutierrez. (They’ve been together 22 years and were married 2½ years ago in San Diego.)