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Chase Strangio        

Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project & Nationally Recognized Expert on Transgender Rights

Chase Strangio is Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project. A national leader in transgender rights litigation and advocacy Strangio has been counsel in some of the past decade’s most pivotal legal fights on behalf of transgender litigants including the ACLU’s challenge to North Carolina’s notorious HB2, Carcaño, et al. v. Cooper, et al, the ACLU’s challenge to Trump’s trans military ban, Stone v. Trump, the case of Aimee Stephens, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v EEOC at the Supreme Court, and recent challenges to anti-trans laws and policies in Idaho, Texas and Arkansas.

Strangio was also counsel in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on marriages for same-sex couples. In addition to his advocacy in the courtroom and in state legislatures, Strangio appears regularly in media and has produced multiple short films including the Emmy-award winning short, "Texas Strong."

In 2020, Strangio was named to TIME Magazine’s List of the most 100 influential people of the year. Strangio is also a co-founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, TranSanta, and the Trans Week of Visibility and Action.

Speech Topics

-Fighting for Trans Liberation in Despairing Times

This presentation will talk about the current challenges in the legal fight for trans justice particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and the escalating attacks on trans life in state legislatures. The talk will focus on where we are, how we got here and what we can do to push the fight for justice forward even as we contend with major structural limitations on what we can achieve in the courts.


Chase Strangio Is on the 2020 TIME 100 List | TIME
Sep 22, 2020 ... This year, Chase, the deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU, was part of the legal team representing Aimee Stephens, the plaintiff in the very first case ...

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