LGBTQ Rights

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Up-to-date transgender people"s rights: airport security, federal employees, workers' rights, healthcare, housing, immigration, medicare, military servicemembers, passports, public accommodations, schools, social security, and survivors of violence.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Overview of the law regarding LGBT parentage.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases. The handbook is not intended as legal advice and is not meant to be used by unrepresented asylum seekers to prepare their own applications.

Information about family law for domestic partners.

Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.

When your confidential information or records were exposed.

This publication gives an overview of the federal and state provisions requiring schools to protect students from anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination.

Find out more about LGBT housing rights and resources available to combat LGBT housing discrimination.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Information on the Prison Rape Elmination Act (PREA), your safety and protection from violence, your medical care: constitutional requirements, necessary medical care for many transgender individuals inludes access to clothing and grooming, standards consistent with gender identity, housing administrative segregation, your rights through searches, your privacy, and your safely preserving/enforcing your rights.

Without written protections in place, your "chosen family" will not be legally recognized, and could very easily be questioned or contested by a biological family member.

Immigration Equality's expert legal staff prepared and is proud to share this legal library so that LGBTQ immigrants, their loved ones and their representatives can find the accurate and relevant legal information they need.

How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.

This question and answer guide is designed to address many of the frequently asked questions about protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the California foster care system from harassment and discrimination.

Getting married in California - frequently asked questions.

If you suspect that your application was illegally denied.

As a student, you have rights at school: dress codes & uniforms, student expression, searches of students, school discipline, cell phone privacy, LGBTQ, pregnant & parenting students, social media, foster youth, file a complaint.

What documents should I prioritize changing now? Should I get a court ordered name change and/or gender change now? Should I change my name and gender on my birth certificate now, and if so how? Should I change my name and gender on my driver"s license or other state ID now, and if so how? Should I change my name and gender on my U.S. passport or immigration documents now, and if so how? Should I change my name and/or gender on my social security record now, and if so how? What about for transgender people under 18?

What we can do!

Can the school refuse to allow the GSA to meet if other students or community members oppose the group and create a disruption? Does the school have to give a GSA the same privileges as other clubs?

Find information about voting in your area and report voting issues you encounter.

Effective January 1, 2019, this legislation allows individuals applying for an original or renewal Driver License (DL) or Identification card (ID) to self-certify to their chosen gender category of male, female, or nonbinary.

Insurance providers cannot treat domestic partners and married spouses differently.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people in the juvenile justice system, like all people in state custody, have clearly established civil rights under the U. S. Constitution, state and federal statutes and regulations, and agency policy

You have rights to access many healthcare services.

Find information on Student & Visitor Visas, Work Visas, LGBT issues, and HIV-Based Immigration.

When dealing with law enforcement, FBI, and ICE.