Teri Stein wrote -
Post-election, as members of the trans community face considerable uncertainty as to their rights and safety, trans folks have urgently sought legal help in procuring legal identification that match their names and genders. Having ID documents that accurately reflect a person's name and gender are vitally important for traveling, accessing any service that requires proof of ID, and interacting with police. And fundamentally, no one should ever be denied the autonomy and dignity of defining their own personhood.
Through a partnership with Bet Tzedek, we are providing free legal help to trans folks looking to officially change their names and/or gender identities. While we are providing legal services pro bono, clients still must pay filing fees in order to have their documents processed. We are raising funds to help defray the costs of court/agency filings. The guidelines for fee waivers are very strict, and the costs of applying for name and gender changes may put this relief out of reach for many people who need it. Your donation, in any amount, will help trans individuals obtain necessary documentation, which can offer them added protection in an increasingly vulnerable time.