Transgender legal help can take many forms. Maybe you need legal services for changing your name or gender marker on important identity records. Maybe you need to speak with a professional about discrimination or immigration issues. Or, if you need general legal services and are simply looking for an affirming and safe place to turn, look no further. The legal organizations on this page either work exclusively for the transgender and gender non-conforming community, or they have expertise or experience working with LGBT and other minority groups.
Transgender Legal Defense and Education FundTransgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.
Legal helpline: (212) 337-8550, extension 308
Phone: (212) 337-8550
Fax: (212) 337-1972
Transgender Law Center (TLC)The Transgender Law Center is a California-based civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities. Para ayuda legal en Español, por favor llámenos al (415) 865-0176.
Phone: (415) 865-0176
Fax: (877) 847-1278
Lambda LegalLambda Legal is one of the oldest and largest national organizations committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Toll-free legal helpline available at (866) 542-8336.
National Headquarters: 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005-3919
Phone: (212) 809-8585
Fax: (212) 809-0055
American Civil Liberties Union LGBT ProjectThe mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York NY 10004
Phone: (212) 549-2500
Transgender Law & Policy Institute (TLPI)The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.
The Sylvia Rivera Law ProjectThe Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)Since 2003, The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has won scores of new policy changes from federal agencies, provided education to members of Congress on transgender people, supported local advocates to push policies in their areas, and provided resources to the community.
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 903-0112
Fax: (202) 393-2241
The National LGBT Bar AssociationThe LGBT Bar Association is an affiliate of the American Bar Association that works to promote justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community. Current projects and programs include fighting against “gay/trans panic defense” as well as advocating for transgender people in the military.
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