Chase Strangio

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Chase Strangio
Born1982/1983 (age 35–36)[1]
Alma materGrinnell College
Northeastern University School of Law
EmployerAmerican Civil Liberties Union
Known forTransgender rights activism

Chase Strangio is an American lawyer and transgender rights activist. He is a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).[1][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Strangio grew up near Boston, Massachusetts.[4]

Strangio attended Grinnell College, graduating in 2004.[5] After graduation, he worked as a paralegal at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).[3][4] He went on to attend Northeastern University School of Law.[2][5] Strangio came out as a transgender man while in law school.[4]

After graduating from Northeastern in 2010, Strangio received a fellowship from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), to continue developing his legal skills.[3]

Career and activism[edit]

After law school, Strangio worked as a public defender for Dean Spade, the first openly trans law professor in the U.S.[4] Spade's work had inspired Strangio while he was in college.[3]

In 2012, Strangio and trans activist Lorena Borjas founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, to provide bail and bond assistance to trans people.[2][3]

In 2013, Strangio began working for the ACLU.[5] Strangio served as lead counsel for the ACLU team representing transgender U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning.[1][3] He was also part of the team suing on behalf of trans student Gavin Grimm, who was denied access to the boys' restrooms at his school.[1]

Strangio has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show,[6] Democracy Now,[7] For the Record with Greta,[8] and AM Joy.[9]

Honors and recognition[edit]

In 2014, Strangio was named to the Trans 100 list for "outstanding contributions to the trans community".[10][11]

In June 2017, Strangio was one of those chosen for NBC Out's inaugural "#Pride30" list.[1]

In May 2018, Strangio was awarded an honorary degree by his alma mater Grinnell College.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Compton, Julie (June 7, 2017). "#Pride30: ACLU Lawyer Chase Strangio Is Fighting for Trans Justice". NBC News. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Chase Strangio". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tourjee, Diana (September 27, 2016). "The Trans Lawyer Fighting to Keep His Community Alive". Broadly. Vice. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Michaels, Samantha (May 2017). "Chelsea Manning's Lawyer Knows How to Fight Transgender Discrimination—He's Lived It". Mother Jones. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Transforming Trans Justice". Grinnell College. Grinnell College. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Discrimination law puts North Carolina in legal hot seat". The Rachel Maddow Show. March 28, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Shows featuring Chase Strangio". Democracy Now. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chelsea Manning's Attorney: 'This Has Saved Her Life'". MSNBC. January 17, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Transgender rights under fire in Trump era". MSNBC. February 25, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "SRLP's Gabriel Foster, Chase Strangio and Bali White honored by the Trans 100!". Sylvia Rivera Law Project. April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Trans 100 2014" (PDF). The Trans 100. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Commencement 2018 Is Complete | Grinnell College". Retrieved 2018-05-22.

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