Carl Charles

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Carl S. Charles, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York and is currently serving as a Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal. 

Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Carl served as a Staff Attorney with the LGBTQ Rights Project at A Better Balance, where he advocated nationwide for LGBTQ-inclusive family definitions in workplace laws and policies. Previously, Carl served as Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project Law Fellow, and before that, he worked as a staff attorney with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  Carl began his legal career as a Skadden Fellow with the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project where he advocated for transgender youth experiencing homelessness, living in out-of-home care, and/or involved in the juvenile justice system. 

Carl has written about his own experiences as a transgender man, as well as legal issues facing transgender people for publications including The Advocate, Conde Nast’s “them.”, and Into. Carl is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he was co-president of Outlaw and vice president of the Student Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado.