Lawyers Are Offering Folks in the Trans Community Free Legal Services Before Trump Becomes President
It’s been a hard and hazy few days since Donald Trump was elected President, and while a lot of us are clinging to the tiniest shred of hope that Hillary Clinton could still get elected after the Electoral College’s vote in December, the reality is that, right now, we’ve got to tackle the potentially bleak reality of a Trump presidency head on.
To name just a very few concerns, many women’s issues could come under fire, which is why women are being urged to consider an IUD before it’s harder to get birth control. And of course, another huge blow America is expected to suffer is a change to marriage equality.
Trump’s VP Mike Pence terrifyingly promised that Trump would do away with President Obama’s order that prohibits government contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And that’s why a bunch of lawyers are offering up their services for FREE to transgender people who need to get their legal documents in order before Trump takes office.
to my trans friends who are looking to get legal name changes/gender changes/etc ASAP, follow the hashtag #translawhelp
— cameron (@canonica666) November 9, 2016
Using the hashtag #TransLawHelp, lawyers across the country are shouting out their locations and details on the services they can help with so that those in need can easily find them. Some of the documents that may need to be finalized before Trump and Pence make it near impossible to do are things like legal name changes, new passports and other ID documents. Some of the lawyers admit their inexperience in these particular matters but offer their help anyway, confident they can help whoever needs it.
I don't know much about name change docs and whatnot, but I'm sure I can figure it out if you need help in California. #translawhelp
— Imani Gandied Yams (@AngryBlackLady) November 11, 2016
The hashtag was started by Twitter user @dtwps and has quickly grown to include reps from Texas, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and more. The hashtag is also being used as a resource center, with Twitter user and lawyer Chase Strangio making a thread of some quick need-to-know info and resources.
1. For those following #translawhelp – some basic resources. First, we love you and are here. The community is strong and ready to help.
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) November 10, 2016
Some people have already found the resources they need because of the tag. Lawyers are actively replying to questions asked with the hashtag and making it clear just how supportive and available they are to people in need.
Next move is getting my name legally changed 👏🏽 #translawhelp
— Capt. Santana ⚓️ (@santanaswag) November 11, 2016
The #TransLawHelp tag is a really eye-opening look at communities banding together and helping each other out when it’s most needed. It’s more than just practical — it’s super inspiring.
How have you seen people helping in your community? Inspire us by letting us know @BritandCo.
(Photo via Karen Ducey/Getty, featured photo via Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!