Danny Kirchoff grew up in Southern Maine. He was raised by his grandmother. After her death when he was sixteen years old, he faced homophobia, transphobia and classism from social workers and school administration. Despite a lack of familial support, he became the first person in his family to attend college. He began his work LGBTQ civil rights work in Washington, DC as a youth board member of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and an intern at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC).
After graduating with a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH in 2000, he moved to San Francisco, CA where he worked at both the Horizons Foundation and Equality California. He also served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the board of the Transgender Law Center. Danny was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil Rights and Human Rights at the City University of New York School of Law. He also received the Revson Public Interest Fellowship and was an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Member working at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in NYC where they provide legal services to low income transgender people.