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posted Friday, November 25, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 48
165 participants at tonight's transgender name & gender ID clinic in Capitol Hill
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165 participants at tonight's transgender name & gender ID clinic in Capitol Hill

November 30, 2016, SEATTLE, WAGender Justice League in partnership with Q-Law Legal Foundation, Teller and Associates, U.T.O.P.I.A., and King County Bar Association will be holding a name and gender marker change legal clinic today and on December 18th and January 3rd prior to the presidential inauguration. The clinic is in response to requests by hundreds of Transgender community members who have express concerns about the incoming administration making access to accurate identification and changes in gender markers or names more difficult.

The purpose of this clinic is to provide expedited legal services for the 4 out of 5 trans and gender-diverse people without accurate identification documentation. The clinic provides access to volunteer attorneys who will help fill out and understand the necessary paperwork and medical providers who will consult with patients and write same-day letters at no cost for gender marker changes. People who meet the income guidelines will receive financial assistance with their applications.

The clinic will be held at Agnes Underground at 1433 12th Avenue A1 in Capitol Hill, Seattle from 6:30-9pm. The building is ADA accessible. The clinic is also providing a Spanish language and ASL interpretation.

Gender Justice League aims to raise $40,000 by January 20th in order to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford the fees associated with changing ones identity documents. Services provided include assistance with name change in King County, drivers license changes, immigration document changes, social security changes, birth certificate changes, and passport changes. Costs for changes range from $20.00 for name changes on birth certificates to $171.00 for a King County name change. Together, the average cost is nearly $500 per person. Additionally, the clinic will be taking on-site passport photos.

To date, more than 160 people have made an RSVP for the first legal clinic on November 30th.

Gender Justice League and its partners believe that having legal and up-to-date identification documentation is a vital step in protecting the trans and gender-diverse communitys safety in a time of increasing hate-crimes against the LQBTQIA community. Many in the trans community fear that the incoming federal administration will make gender marker changes on ID significantly more difficult. Without up-to-date ID documentation, the trans and gender-diverse community faces increased chances of housing, employment, travel, and education.

Danni Askini
Executive Director
Gender Justice League
www.genderjusticeleague.org
1-206-227-1164
1433 12th Avenue 1A
Seattle, WA 98122

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