Davina Kotulski

Davina Kotulski

At a Glance:

Davina Kotulski has been a Project Contributor since January 2010, has written 97 entries and currently lives in Oakland, CA.


Davina Kotulski, Ph.D., is the former Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA, a clinical psychologist, life coach, and author of Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage (2004) and Love Warriors: The Rise of the Marriage Equality Movement and Why It Will Prevail (2010).

She has deep roots in the freedom to marry movement that began with organizing “Marriage License Counter” protests. On February 12, 2004, Kotulski and her wife, were the 17th couple married in San Francisco. Kotulski organized the "Marriage Equality Express," an educational bus tour across the United States that culminated in the first national marriage equality rally in Washington, DC on October 11, 2004. She has appeared on CNN, Newsweek, Time and USA Today and in three documentaries: "Freedom to Marry" “Pursuit of Equality,” and “I Will, I Do, We Did”.

Davina has organized numerous rallies and educational forums for LGBTIQ rigths and is an internationally known advocate for LBTIQ equality.

Davina received the “Saints Alive Award” from the Metropolitan Community Church, the Michael Switzer Leeadership Award, and she was “sainted” Saint Activista Davina by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in August 2004.

Davina Kotulski: Recently Filed

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Got Water?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 30, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

As we celebrate victories in marriage equality and other advances in LGBT rights, we also need to be mindful of the big-picture human rights issues that threaten our quality of life, health, and our very survival. Read More

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What Ellen Means to Me

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Ellen's historic coming out meant a lot to me. I remember exactly where I was on the day that episode aired.Read More


Remembering Marvin Burrows, Love Warrior

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Marvin showed up at every rally, did interviews, lobbied politicians, and traveled around the state so that never again would an LGBT widow/er face homelessness, lose health insurance, or be told by a funeral home director that they are "not family."Read More

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Gay for the Stay or Born That Way?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 29, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

It's unfortunate that prisons, a place where one's freedoms are taken away, house a disproportionate percentage of lesbians.Read More

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How to Be a Hero

Filed by Davina Kotulski | December 29, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's not that there won't be darkness in each of our lives. It's that each of us can bring a little light to each other's hard times. Read More