Impact Litigation

TLDEF’s Impact Litigation Program brings cases and files friend-of-the-court briefs in state and federal courts across the country to protect the rights of transgender and non-binary people. We take on a very small number of cases that offer courts opportunities to establish new precedents. We also refer many individuals seeking legal assistance to our large network of colleagues at law firms and other legal services organizations. TLDEF’s Impact Litigation work focuses on defending and lifting up transgender and non-binary individuals who have limited access to legal services and who face intersecting forms of discrimination, including due to race and ethnicity, socioeconomic class, geography, and lack of access to benefits and services. We also bring cases on behalf of clients who come to us through our Name Change Project and our Trans Health Project.

We take cases against government agencies (including criminal justice agencies such as police and jails); healthcare facilities; educational institutions; businesses open to the public (such as stores and restaurants); and employers. If you are seeking legal assistance, please email us with as many details as possible, including where you are, what happened, when, and whether you have already sought or obtained a lawyer. We will respond within about a week. Please remember that we only take on a few cases, so most of the time, we’ll provide you with information about other attorneys or resources. If you are seeking assistance with an amicus brief, please contact David Brown, Legal Director.

Are you interested in TLDEF's Name Change Project to find free help to change your name?

Learn about our Name Change Project process or fill out a confidential Name Change Project intake form.

Email: namechange@transgenderlegal.org*

* Please note that we are unable to provide intakes or legal advice by email.

Updated on Jun 18, 2020