Gabriel Arkles, Senior Counsel

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Gabriel Arkles (he / him / his) joins TLDEF as one of the leading transgender litigators in the country. Most recently as Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, Gabriel was part of the legal team that represented Aimee Stephens before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County that established anti-transgender discrimination is prohibited under federal law.

Previously, Gabriel was Staff Attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. He also spent seven years teaching legal skills, first at New York University School of Law and later at Northeastern School of Law.

Gabriel’s work has appeared in publications such as the NYU Law Review, Northeastern Law Journal, Southwestern Law Review, and Scholar and Feminist Online. Past commentary has been found in a range of outlets, such as The Advocate, TruthOut, CBS, NBC News, and WNYC. Additionally, Gabriel has received the Dukeminier Award for best sexual orientation law review article in 2009. When he’s not working, Gabriel serves on the steering committee for Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), reads speculative fiction, plays role-playing games, studies Islamic feminist theology, eats cupcakes, and cuddles cats.

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Updated on Dec 7, 2020