LGBTQ+ People Receive Assistance in Changing Legal Documents
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - LGBTQ+ individuals in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are getting the help they need to make their legal documents match the gender with which they identify.
On Sunday, law students at the University Of Virginia teamed up with the Virginia Equality Bar Association to host a Trans and Gender Expansive Legal Clinic. The clinic helped people fill out the necessary paperwork to update their genders on driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and other legal documents.
One attorney who helped lead Sunday's effort said making changes on important documents can be unnecessarily difficult.
“Whether you're trying to vote, if you're driving and you get pulled over and you have to deal with the cops, whatever it may be even if you're just registering for school or going to the doctor’s office a name really matters,” said Bary Hausrath, the clinical coordinator for the Virginia Equality Bar Association.
The clinic came ahead of International Transgender Day of Visibility on Sunday, March 31.
The Virginia Equality Bar Association plans to host more clinics like Sunday's for months to follow. They are expected to take place in several locations across the state, including Staunton.