Demoya Gordon

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Demoya Gordon is a Staff and Transgender Rights Project Attorney at 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 and those with HIV. Demoya brings to her work an intersectional focus aimed at addressing the ways in which discriminatory laws, policies, and systems uniquely and disproportionately affect LGBT people of color, LGBT immigrants, and low-income LGBT communities.

Demoya’s clients include a Native American transgender young man who was barred from using the men’s bathroom at his high school and on whose behalf Lambda Legal filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights; Passion Star, a Black transgender woman who filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for failing to protect her from horrific sexual and physical abuse while in custody; and Dana Zzyym, a disabled intersex veteran who filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for refusing to issue a passport that accurately reflects Zzyym’s gender.  Demoya is also currently representing several transgender people who have faced discriminatory barriers to medically necessary transition-related healthcare.

Before coming to Lambda Legal, Demoya worked for five years as a litigation associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As part of her pro bono practice while at Faegre Baker Daniels, Demoya devoted many hours to research, litigation, and individual representation advancing LGBT rights and the rights of women, children, immigrants, and low-income people.

In recognition of her professional achievements and devotion to LGBT causes, the National LGBT Bar Association named Demoya one of 2014’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40. In 2013, Lawyers of Color included Demoya on its annual Hot List, which recognizes 100 exceptional early- to mid-career minority attorneys under the age of 40. 

After migrating to the U.S. from Jamaica, Demoya received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Macalester College and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

She is a member of the bars of New York and Minnesota.