Name Change Project Expands to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Albany & Rochester


Great news! Our Name Change Project is expanding beyond New York City into several new cities. We’re up and running in Pittsburgh, PA thanks to the tremendous help of our partners at The Bank of New York Mellon and Reed Smith LLP, both of which have major presences in Pittsburgh. We’re also starting to provide services in Milwaukee, WI in conjunction with Foley & Lardner LLP. And with our partner Nixon Peabody LLP, we’ve begun offering services in other parts of New York State including Albany and Rochester. We’re tremendously grateful to our partners for helping us to bring this resource to more community members. If you need help in any of these locations, please contact us. Our capacity is limited as we launch in these locations, but we’ll be doing our best to meet the community’s needs going forward. We’ll also be announcing more expansion locations soon. For the latest updates on our Name Change Project service areas, visit our web site, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

“We’re delighted to expand our Name Change Project into Pittsburgh and beyond,” said TLDEF Executive Director, Michael Silverman. “It will allow more transgender people in more places to live as their true selves. “For many trans people, matching their legal names with who they are makes it far easier for them to live their lives free from discrimination.”

The Name Change Project provides legal assistance for transgender people who are seeking to change their legal names to match their true identities. It can be very expensive, time consuming and daunting to navigate the legal system. TLDEF, with pro bono support from law firms and corporate legal departments, helps transgender people with the process. To date, we’ve helped over 1,300 people with their name changes. Just a few weeks ago, one of our very first pro bono partners, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, hosted a champagne reception to celebrate having helped over 100 TLDEF Name Change Project clients. “We are truly indebted to our friends at Sullivan & Cromwell and elsewhere for their tireless work in partnership with TLDEF on behalf of transgender people seeking a name change,” said TLDEF Executive Director, Michael Silverman. “We look forward to working with Sullivan & Cromwell on their next 100 cases.”