John Knight


Director of LGBT and HIV Project



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In this position, Mr. Knight directs litigation in states in the Midwest designed to confront bias and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and those affected by HIV and AIDS.

He successfully challenged a one-of-a kind Wisconsin law restricting transgender inmates access to necessary medical care, restrictions on obtaining accurate birth certificates for transgender persons born in Illinois, barriers to gay and transgender persons’ ability to preserve of their parental rights, among other cases.

Mr. Knight also speaks frequently in public about LGBT and HIV issues and helps the ACLU with outreach to local, state and federal legislators about issues affecting the LGBT community.



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