Crispin Torres is a Community Educator for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Based in Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office, Crispin travels the country building coalitions and helping mobilize LGBT people around legal, policy and educational efforts.
Crispin has spent the last 15 years working in LGBTQ advocacy, organizing, and education. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, he worked at Chicago Women in Trades, Girls Rock! Camp Chicago, and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights on educational trainings & policy reform.
Crispin was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. He attended DePaul University, where he received an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies, a Master of Education in Public Policy and Higher Education, and a secondary master’s degree in Media Studies. He also served as Director of LGBTQA Student Services at DePaul.
Crispin was an organizer with the Chicago Dyke March Collective, is a founding board member of Trans Tech Social Enterprises, and is a 2013 honoree of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30 Award. He served as the 2015 Co-Director of the Trans 100, sits on the Cabinet for Chicago’s Pride Action Tank, and is the founder and lead organizer of Chicago’s Trans Pride Beach Party.
Beyond his advocacy roles, Crispin is a musician, performer and recording artist. He toured and played guitar for the now defunct Chicago Punk Rock quartet the Recruitment at South by Southwest in 2014. He is also the founder and lead organizer of Queer Amp, an LGBTQ+ performance showcase for rock and alternative musicians. His work with LGBTQ people in music and art informs his advocacy work by offering creative and collaborative approaches to organizing across movements.