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Despite gains in recent decades for LGBTQ rights, queer and transgender people still face discrimination.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities—especially communities of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, immigrants, and youth—are disproportionately living in poverty and being targeted for violence. Additionally, institutional homophobia and transphobia create barriers to housing, health care, public benefits, employment, and financial stability.


LGBTQ+ clients worked with NYLAG on legal issues ranging from name changes to estate planning last year


NYLAG’s lawyers have strong partnerships with the LGBTQ and social services communities, and can
help in the following ways:

  • Representing LGBTQ immigrants in applications for asylum, family-based petitions, and petitions for survivors of intimate partner violence and other crimes
  • Supporting transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming clients with name and gender marker changes
  • Representing LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Working with parents seeking second parent adoptions
  • Fighting against employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Protecting LGBTQ seniors by executing advanced directives

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Help us provide free legal help to LGBTQ communities.

NYLAG is part of the solution for LGBTQ communities.

Long-Term Support from Orrick Strengthens NYLAG’s LGBTQ Advocacy

NYLAG is proud to highlight the socially conscious law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for their continuous support of NYLAG’s LGBTQ+ Law Project. With support from Orrick and their commitment to racial, economic, and social justice, we were able to provide 534 New Yorkers with free civil legal services on 715 cases in the last year.

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