The LGBTQ+ community has had to fight for generations for the rights they have now. To respond to ongoing discrimination and a scary string of setbacks across the country that threaten the very identities, safety, and health of LGBTQ+ people, we are all needed.
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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NYLAG is part of the solution for LGBTQ communities
NYLAG co-drafted, along with several LGBTQ+ advocates, the Gender Recognition Act. The act makes it easier for LGBTQ+ people to update and obtain government-issued IDs that accurately reflect their gender identity.
NYLAG submitted comments to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services in opposition to proposed changes to “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” Rule.