Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is Counsel 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. As lead counsel in Smith v. Avanti, Gonzalez-Pagan also obtained the first court decision in the country holding that the Federal Housing Act’s sex discrimination prohibition covers discrimination against LGBTQ people. Gonzalez-Pagan has also obtained key legal victories for the rights of transgender students. He was lead counsel in Evancho v. Pine-Richland School District and counsel in Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, holding that the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee and Title IX protect transgender students from discrimination in schools. As Health Care Strategist, Gonzalez-Pagan has been a leading advocate for the Affordable Care Act, particularly as it applies to LGBTQ people. Gonzalez-Pagan serves as lead counsel in Whitman-Walker Clinic v. HHS, in which he represents a coalition of LGBTQ health care providers and organizations challenging the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back health care protections for LGBTQ people. 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 González v. Rosselló Nevares, Foster v. Andersen, MHW v. Cuomo, Gore v. Lee, and Campos v. Cohen, involving the right of transgender people born in Puerto Rico, Kansas, New York, Tennessee, and North Carolina to obtain accurate birth certificates consistent with their gender identity. Gonzalez-Pagan received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also possesses a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University. Gonzalez-Pagan was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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