Integration & Sustainability
April Haus, Inc. was founded by Lauren Lubin April, a Diversity, Equity, and Belonging advisor with over 10 years of experience advancing nonbinary and transgender rights in sports, health, academia, film and media, public policy, and more.
Lauren is the executive producer of the award-winning documentary We Exist: Beyond the Binary, which has been part of the curriculum of over 50,000 students in more than 70 countries. The documentary is the first full-length feature to explore the lives of individuals outside the gender binary. Lauren's work has shattered traditional, antiquated constructs that define gender as either woman or man. The conversation around this project has started an international "We Exist" movement, allowing those who exist outside the gender binary to also stand up for their recognition.
Lauren's passion centers on the athletic arena. They are a former Division 1 basketball player who spent many years as a player and a coach. An avid runner and activist, Lauren made headlines in 2015 with her "WE RUN" campaign, which advocated for equal space and recognition for nonbinary athletes in sports. They founded New York City's first nonbinary-specific running group and became the first-ever openly nonbinary runner to compete in the New York City Marathon in 2016. Then, repeated history in 2019 by competing in the Boston Marathon. In 2021, Lauren teamed up with New York Road Runners (NYRR) to implement a nonbinary gender identification division for all NYRR races, including the TCS New York City Marathon, making it the first major marathon to enact a nonbinary division with equal prize money. In November 2022, the TCS New York City Marathon became the first sporting event to be declared an LGBTQIA+ Safe Space by the Stonewall Inn Give Back Initiative.
Lauren is a public speaker, author, and thought leader. Their work has been featured in ABC Good Morning, TIME, Runner's World, BBC World Sports, Global Sports Institute, Vice Magazine, NYLON, COSMO, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Chicago Ideas, and countless others. They have worked with organizations and companies such as the Women's Sports Foundation, Athlete Ally, PFLAG, WNBA, WNBPA and NBPA, NWSL, ESPN, NBC Sports, Athleta, Dick's Sporting Goods, Gatorade, Morgan Stanley, Yahoo Sports, AT&T, Bain & Company, and more.
“I cannot recommend working with Lauren Lubin enough. They were helpful at every step of our journey—helping to provide ideas for what kind of training and event we might want to host and thoughts on how we might best tailor to our company’s specific audience."
Riley W. / Bain & Company / Associate Partner
"After screening with our staff the documentary, We Exist: Beyond the Binary by Executive Producer Lauren Lubin April, we connected with Lauren and partnered with them to advance our commitment to gender equity, integrated into our overall DEIS mission. Lauren was hired as our gender equity consultant at New York Road Runners focused on our non-binary equity and inclusion strategies and plans, for our staff, runners, volunteers, and community. Lauren has always been an incredible thought leader and strategic advisor as we mapped out our incremental phases forward toward progress. Lauren has always been very thorough in the execution of all our projects, even with all the complexities of our operations and platforms, internally and externally. They are very open, understanding, and patient, and always say, “Let’s get ugly together!” They created brave spaces for conversations and questions and fostered a learning environment for our leadership team and staff. It has been a pleasure working with Lauren and it has been awesome to see the fruits of our labor as non-binary folks have safety, equity, and a sense of belonging to show up unapologetically at our races and events because of our work together."
Jenna P. / New York Road Runners / Head of DEIS
Road tested. Industry proven.
Let's go beyond.