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Chase Strangio and transgender people

Chase Strangio is an American lawyer and activist. Strangio became a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2013.

Strangio has provided legal assistance in trans civil rights cases involving Chelsea Manning, Gavin Grimm, and Aimee Stephens. Strangio has also been involved in stopping federal and state-level legislation targeting trans people, especially minors.

Among many honors, Strangio was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2020.


Strangio was born October 29, 1982, grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Grinnell College in 2004. After working as a paralegal at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Strangio graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2010. Strangio then had a fellowship from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) until joining the ACLU.


Strangio, Chase (February 15, 2024). Trans Visibility Is Nice. Safety Is Even Better. New York Times

Larson, Erik (March 16, 2022). This Lawyer Is Fighting a Deeply Personal Battle for Trans Rights. Bloomberg News

Phillips, Carmen (March 23, 2021). Also.Also.Also: Chase Strangio and Kimberly Drew Are the Cutest Queer Love Story You’ll See Today! Autostraddle

Cox, Laverne (September 22, 2020). Chase Strangio: The 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Time

Vanderhoof, Erin (September 23, 2019). Emmys 2019: Laverne Cox’s Political Rainbow Purse Had a Secret Message. Vanity Fair

Gordon-Loebl, Naomi (November 9, 2018). Trump’s War on Trans Rights: A Q&A With Chase Strangio. The Nation [archive]

Compton, Julie (June 7, 2017). #Pride30: ACLU Lawyer Chase Strangio Is Fighting for Trans Justice. NBC News

Michaels, Samantha (May 2017). Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer Knows How to Fight Transgender Discrimination—He’s Lived It. Mother Jones [archive]

Tourjee, Diana (September 27, 2016). The Trans Lawyer Fighting to Keep His Community Alive. Broadly / Vice



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