Noah E. Lewis, Director, Trans Health Project

Noah E. Lewis

Noah E. Lewis, Esq. (he / him / his) is director of the Trans Health Project at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), where his work focuses on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for transgender-related health care. Noah originally joined TLDEF as a Staff Attorney in 2010 and worked on cases such as eliminating the surgery requirement to correct New York City birth certificates, winning a prominent school bathroom victory, and overturning transgender health care denials. He went on to hold interim positions at Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and a ran solo law practice serving transgender clients.

Prior to re-joining TLDEF, Noah was the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal for three years. The organization focused on challenging trans health exclusions, including representing Queer Eye’s Skyler Jay in successfully eliminating such exclusions at the University System of Georgia. Noah was awarded a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Seed Grant and an Arcus Leadership Fellowship for his work. 

Noah is a co-chair of the NYC Bar Association’s LGBTQ Rights Committee and is a past recipient of the Committee’s Arthur S. Leonard Award recognizing compelling commitment to LGBT equality through the law. In 2005, Noah became the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School, where he worked to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.

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Updated on Feb 1, 2021