Diana Flynn, a high-level civil rights lawyer at the Department of Justice, told BuzzFeed News that she will be leaving the Trump administration to join a legal group fighting for LGBT rights.
According to BuzzFeed, Flynn had originally planned to stay at the job until her retirement. She served as head of the Civil Rights Division Appellate Section since President Reagan’s administration.
Flynn, who is a transgender woman, said she will be leaving the Trump administration to join Lambda Legal, a top LGBT legal rights organization. She will be the group’s litigation director.
“But it appears to me — at this crucial time for LGBT rights — to make the arguments I want to make and take positions I want to take, I would be much better situated at Lambda Legal than I am at Justice,” she told BuzzFeed.
What makes the move notable is that Lambda Legal sued the Trump administration for banning transgenders from serving in the military.
Flynn also raised concerns that the Justice Department taking steps to roll back civil rights.
“I see a danger to some of the principles that have been established in the civil rights arena generally. I see attempts to roll back specifically LGBT rights in the courts and society, and I want to be in the position where I can aggressively resist that and make the arguments that I think will be most effective,” she said.