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 people living with HIV. Demoya brings to her work an intersectional focus aimed at addressing how discriminatory laws, policies, and systems uniquely and disproportionately affect LGBT people of color, LGBT immigrants, and low-income LGBT communities.

Demoya’s clients include Passion Star, a Black transgender woman who filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for failing to protect her from sexual and physical abuse while in custody; Jessica Hicklin, a White transgender woman incarcerated in Missouri who was denied medically necessary transition-related care by the Missouri Department of Corrections and its private medical contractor; and 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. Demoya is also currently representing transgender people across the country on a wide range of other issues, including denial of transition-related health care, unjust treatment by law enforcement, and denial of access to accurate identity documents.

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 hundreds of hours to research, litigation, and advocacy on behalf of LGBT people, people of color, women, children, and immigrants.

In recognition of her professional achievements and devotion to LGBT rights, 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.