Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is a Senior Attorney and the Health Care Strategist at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. He has played a critical role in advancing the rights of LGBTQ people under the U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights laws in virtually every aspect of our lives, including education, employment, health care, and housing. Gonzalez-Pagan was instrumental in achieving two of the latest victories for LGBTQ people before the U.S. Supreme Court: Obergefell v. Hodges and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. Gonzalez-Pagan is also a key architect of Lambda Legal’s efforts to secure the ability of transgender people to obtain accurate identity documents, including birth certificates. He has served as lead counsel in Arroyo Gonzalez v. Rossello Nevares, Foster v. Andersen, and MHW v. Cuomo, where he secured the right of transgender people born in Puerto Rico, Kansas, and New York to obtain accurate birth certificates consistent with their gender identity, as well as Gore v. Lee, challenging Tennessee’s discriminatory birth certificate policies. Gonzalez-Pagan is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Cornell University. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Recognition Not Permission: A New Era of Access to IDs for Trans and Non-Binary People
LGBTQ+ Immigration Landscape Under the Biden Administration
Protecting the Rights of Our Diverse LGBTQ+ Community
LGBTQ+ Issues in the Workplace: Emerging Trends in Employment Law