Natalie Chin is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people (“LGBT”) and people with HIV. Ms. Chin is involved in all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education with an emphasis on aging issues.
Since joining the organization in January 2008, Ms. Chin has worked as co-counsel in Doe v. Montgomery County Board of Elections, successfully representing 12 plaintiffs in a challenge to invalidate a referendum petition seeking to overturn a law that adds gender identity as a protected characteristic in a Montgomery County, Maryland anti-discrimination ordinance. More recently, Ms. Chin represented a New York City resident in Friedlander v. Waroge Met, Ltd. who was attacked and discriminated against at a Sizzler restaurant in Queens, New York. Ms. Chin obtained a judgment against the Queens restaurant and its manager. Ms. Chin also focuses on issues of housing discrimination, recently filing a federal fair housing complaint on behalf of a transgender woman who is being denied the right to dress in accordance with her gender identity while living in an RV Park. Her work also includes litigating issues involving marriage equality, HIV discrimination in long-term care and parental rights.
Ms. Chin has appeared on dozens of panels and given lectures and presentations across the country on LGBT and HIV aging issues in areas that include life planning, access to health care and housing. She works collaboratively with local and national aging organizations to advance policies that protect the rights of the LGBT and HIV-positive aging community. One such collaboration resulted in a published report, Older LGBT Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field, which gathered information through an on-line survey about discrimination, abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. Ms. Chin is the co-author of two articles in the Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy on economic and housing security for LGBT older adults and wrote an FAQ on the Fair Housing Act for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She is a member of the National LGBT Aging Roundtable and the Transgender Aging Advisory Group, which work to advance the rights of LGBT older adults through federal policy advocacy.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Ms. Chin worked for MFY Legal Services in New York where she represented individuals with mental health disabilities and the elderly. She previously was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department where she litigated cases in state and federal court. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Chin worked as a journalist in California and South Africa. Ms. Chin received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and her J.D. from George Washington University.