In the wake of last week’s election, we’ve received a flood of concerns and questions from many of you about what the new administration might mean for our communities. People are worried about their immigration status, increased violence and harassment, and their ability to change their legal name and gender. While there is still a lot we do not know, there is some guidance and support we can provide.
Today, we issued an overview addressing the question of what the election might mean for identity documents, along with a quick-guide version of our popular ID Please resource that outlines specific instructions for changing your name and gender on federal documents like a passport, Social Security Administration documents, and immigration documents.
We have also heard from lawyers and others asking how they can help. Here are a few steps people can take:
- Lawyers: Sign up for our Cooperating Attorney Network. In the coming weeks, we will be sending members of our Cooperating Attorney Network resources and opportunities to support transgender people.
- Volunteer: for our Legal Information Helpline (Bay Area) and Detention Project (anywhere in U.S.). We need your support! You do not need to be an attorney to volunteer — TLC will provide training.
- Donate: Make a gift to support Transgender Law Center as we continue our work fighting for our lives and rights.
This is a scary time for many in our community, and we know that this guide cannot answer all of the uncertainties and fears of this moment. We hope, though, that this resource helps address one anxiety many people have shared with us.
Please know that Transgender Law Center is here and remains committed to doing everything in our power to protect the rights and lives of all members of our community, including immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, youth, and people of color who have borne the brunt of this election’s hateful rhetoric and violence.
Together in the movement,
Transgender Law Center
P.S. Your support of TLC means so much. Please consider making a gift today to help us continue the fight for justice for everyone in our community.