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posted Friday, January 13, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 02
Gender Justice League and partners hosts name and gender marker change legal clinic
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Gender Justice League and partners hosts name and gender marker change legal clinic

Gender 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 on January 15 prior to the presidential inauguration. The clinic is in response to requests by hundreds of Transgender community members who have expressed 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 The Cloud Room, 1424 11th Ave. in Capitol Hill, Seattle from 10am-1pm. The building is ADA accessible. The clinic is also providing Spanish language and ASL interpretation. To RSVP for the upcoming clinic, contact the Gender Justice League via email at info@genderjusticeleague.org or visit http://www.genderjusticeleague.org/.

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 one's identity documents. Services provided include assistance with name change in King County, driver's 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.

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 community's 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 challenges.

Courtesy of Gender Justice League

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