OUT50 Palm Beach: Trent Steele – The Pitbull

Attorney Trent Steele is a legal warrior. Nicknamed ‘the Pitbull,’ Steele has spent more than 25 years at the forefront of legal actions involving LGBT rights in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council board of directors routinely calls upon Steele to assist people victimized by businesses, schools and government.

Early in the HIV epidemic, when a divorced father of two young sons, one with HIV, wanted custody of his non-infected son to protect him from infection by his brother, Steele worked to keep both boys with their mother.

Ten years ago, Steele sued a local religious school when a tenth grader was expelled after telling the school’s pastor that he might be gay. Steele won a confidential settlement and sparked a national discussion about the rights of LGBT students in private schools.

More recently, Steele has been working with Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach and other cities to pass ordinances prohibiting “conversion therapy” for minors. He has also been assisting a number of transgender clients who have been denied medical care, police protection, and other services.

“I am honored to be included among this impressive and inspiring group of individuals,” Steele said. “As a group, we can move mountains. Thank you SFGN for being a voice for those who deserve to be heard.”

 

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