70 and Counting


For many transgender people, a legal name change is a first step towards conforming their legal identities to the way they identify and live their lives.  But securing a legal name change can be an intimidating experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people.  It can involve a significant expense as well as a serious commitment of time and effort.  By ensuring that transgender people have adequate legal representation when seeking name changes, TLDEF's Name Change Project ensures that they can successfully negotiate the legal process and move forward with their lives.

In only a few short months, The Name Change Project has helped more than 70 people on the road to getting legal recognition for their names.  The Project is straightforward.  Everyone who wants a lawyer deserves to have one to make the legal name change process as simple as possible.  If you can pay the costs of your name change (not the legal fees; we never charge those!), we ask that you do so.  If you can't, those fees will be covered.  You must live in New York City to participate in the project.

Need Help?

If you are seeking a legal name change, please call Bobbi, our Name Change Project Coordinator, at 646.862.9396 or contact us by electronic mail by clicking here.

Thank You

The Name Change Project is made possible by the generous financial and in-kind support of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Morrison & Foerster LLP, The Paul Rapoport Foundation, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.