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Ilona Turner

Ilona Turner

Transgender Law Center
Legal Director
Oakland, CA, USA


Ilona Turner is Legal Director of Transgender Law Center, the largest national organization dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. The organization’s litigation and policy advocacy focuses on employment and health care access, and includes work on behalf of transgender students, immigrants, and prisoners. Transgender Law Center’s legal team represented the complainant in Macy v. Holder, which led to the EEOC’s groundbreaking decision in April 2012 confirming that transgender people are protected by Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination. Ilona previously worked as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and as the lobbyist for Equality California, where she helped pass legislation that prohibited housing and employment discrimination against transgender people and significantly expanded the rights of domestic partners in California. She has written numerous articles on transgender and LGBT rights issues. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
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