Gabriel Arkles

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund — Senior Counsel

Gabriel Arkles is Senior Counsel at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), where he does impact litigation on behalf of transgender people around the country. Prior to TLDEF, Gabriel was Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, where he represented Aimee Stephens before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, establishing that anti-transgender discrimination is prohibited under federal law.

Previously, Gabriel was Staff Attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice 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. Gabriel serves on the steering committee for Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD).

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