The Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition is proud to announce the first ever legal name and gender change clinic designated for transgender, non-binary and intersex Arkansans. Great thanks to our partners , Arkansas Access to Justice, Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership and National Center for Transgender Equality’s Trans Legal Services Network, in helping create this much needed and necessary legal and educational tool. ArTEC, working along with volunteers and supportive organizations, will be able to provide educational assistance to persons needing to change their name and/or gender beginning in March 2015.
People who sign up to use the name and gender change clinic should expect…
To be contacted by a friendly volunteer to help in scheduling your appointment while you answer some basic confidential questions and learn what you need to bring to your appointment
If you wish to do the name and/or gender change on your own, have access to a comprehensive guide on how the process works in Arkansas and the necessary forms
If you wish to come to the clinic day, be treated with respect, learn about the legal process, have your questions answered and be ready to file upon leaving.
Contact information to an advocate in case you experience issues in your process.
To know where to go after finished with court to update your documents.
Someone to follow up to ask about your experiences in navigating the name and gender change process so the clinic can better serve future persons through the process.
To be able to use the available guide throughout the state of Arkansas.
#####Sign up here: http://www.artranscoalition.org/namechange/
There will be a limited roll-out in Little Rock, but as more people sign up throughout the state of Arkansas, there will be additional opportunities for in-person services. Please sign up and let us help you in navigating the process.
ArTEC believes accessing legal name and gender services is a social justice issue. People may ask for legal ID in housing, employment, voting, education, using bank services, traveling by plane, when being questioned by authorities and many other common life situations. Transgender, non-binary and intersex persons may encounter discrimination and/or violence when those documents do not appear to be the person they represent. Therefore, the cost of getting a legal name and/or gender change done may also be an additional hurdle for the many low-income transgender/non-binary/intersex persons needing these services. ArTEC invites you to help sponsor persons with demonstrated economic need in helping them afford the fees to make their life changing moment a reality.
For $165, you can help pay for someone’s name change and change their life.