The Lavender Rights Project (LRP), as part of our involvement with the Coalition for Transgender Prisoners, provides assistance to currently-incarcerated transgender and gender non-conforming folks who wish to legally change their name.
Transgender and gender non-conforming people are often unable to legally change their names while incarcerated due to the limited access that they have to:
- Computers and Internet to research name change requirements in their county;
Funds to pay for clerk fees, filing fees, notary services, and other required fees;
Physical/schedule flexibility to be present, in some form, at court; and
Additional necessary bureaucratic steps that incarceration provides barriers to.
Due to the influx of requests that LRP has recently received, we invite volunteers to help with this process during our monthly Name Change Volunteer Clinic, held on the third Tuesday of every month. Volunteers assist LRP staff by:
- Responding to letters received from trans and gender non-conforming prisoners across Washington;
Researching county-specific requirements and guidelines for changing one’s name;
Determining logistics such as who is able to represent prisoners in court; and
Other administrative duties as needed
Name Change Volunteer Clinics are held at the Lavender Rights Project, located at 2425 6th Avenue S, Seattle, WA (for directions, visit our Contact page) from 6:00-7:30pm.
Refreshments provided. We strongly encourage volunteers to attend clinics monthly, but consistent participation is not mandatory.
How to Volunteer
If you are interested in this opportunity, please register on our Volunteer page and a staff member will contact you with more information. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 206-639-7955.