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November 26, 2019

ACLU attorney Chase Strangio to receive 2020 Stonewall Award

CHICAGO, Nov. 26, 2019 — American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor the ACLU’s Chase Strangio with its Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 15, 2020, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Strangio, a staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project in New York, litigates a full docket of cases across the country on issues affecting LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. His work has included serving as a member of the legal team of Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized same-sex marriage, and G.G. v. Gloucester City School Board, which challenged a Virginia public school district’s policy prohibiting transgender students from using the restroom conforming to their gender identity, at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as lead counsel for Chelsea Manning in Manning v. Hagel, a suit against Department of Defense officials for their failure to provide necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria, and as a member of the legal teams in challenges to HB2, the North Carolina “bathroom bill” and President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.

In addition, Strangio is the founder and board president of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund in New York, which provides direct bail/bond assistance and other court support to LGBTQ immigrants involved in the criminal justice system.

From 2010-12, he was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and director of the Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the nonprofit Sylvia Rivera Law Project based in New York City.

Strangio received his B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

You can find a photo of Strangio here.

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity leads the ABA’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the ABA, the legal profession and society. Created in 2007, the commission seeks to secure equal treatment in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

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