We are thankful to TIME Magazine for celebrating the lives of people who we have lost to the Coronavirus, including Tarlach MacNiallais, who fought tirelessly for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during his tenure at AHRC NYC. Tarlach’s advocacy for the rights of people extended well past his work in our organization, including LGBTQ+ rights advocacy, going back to his early life in Belfast Northern Ireland.
“He was a battering ram on issues of importance,” wrote Harriet Golden, vice president for program operations and innovation at AHRC New York City. He loved to debate both “for the purpose it served as well as for sport,” she continued. Anyone who faced him “recognized within moments that they were out of their league and it was time to wave the white flag of defeat.”