Antidiscrimination law, individual, state and federal trans rights.

Law & Policy

ACLU National

Know Your Rights ACLUThe National chapter of a civil rights organization.

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York NY 10004

Call: (212) 549-2500

Link: https://www.aclu.org

ACLU of Washington

ACLU of Washington logo The Washington State chapter of a civil rights organization.

The ACLU is the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. We are the unwavering voice of freedom, fairness and equality for all people in America. We work in the courts, the legislatures, and in our communities to protect and extend basic rights for everyone. 

901 5th Ave #630, Seattle, WA 98164

Call: (206) 624-2184

Link: https://www.aclu-wa.org/

Changing Birth Certificates State-by-State Guide

The following is a list of legal authorities intended to assist with the process of changing the sex on a birth certificate. The information has been compiled from various sources, including standard legal materials and anecdotal accounts of practices in various states.

Link: https://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/trans-changing-birth-certificate-sex-designations 

Changing Your Gender on Your Passport

As of summer 2021, applicants may self-select an M or F gender marker for their passport. In the same policy announcement, the State Department stated that an X gender marker would also be available for selection in the near future.

Link: https://transequality.org/know-your-rights/passports 

Gender Justice League

Gender Justice League LogoA grassroots organization supporting gender and sexual civil rights in Washington state.

We work for a state where transgender and gender diverse people come together to create healthy, safer and engaging ways of life, free from discrimination at the institutional, systemic/structural, and social levels of our society.

Link: https://www.genderjusticeleague.org/

GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders

GLAD doesn’t shrink from tough issues. And we don’t compromise on our belief that every person deserves full equality under the law – without exception.

Contact us for free and confidential legal information, assistance, and referrals.

Link: https://www.glad.org/ 

Know Your Rights

A Guide for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

You have the right to be safe and to be yourself at school. That is why the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and GLSEN have put together this guide to inform you of your rights.

 Link: https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf 

Lambda Legal

A non-profit organization with great web resources regarding state by state queer and gender rights. They also have a legal help desk you can email or call to discuss your concern.

Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Link: https://www.lambdalegal.org/

Call: (510) 587-9696

Helpdesk Link: https://www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk

National Anti-discrimination Law under the Affordable Care Act

Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, or disability in covered health programs or activities. 42 U.S.C. § 18116(a).

National Center for Transgender Equality
QLaw Association of Washington
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WE SERVE AS A VOICE OF LGBT LAWYERSAND OTHER LEGAL PROFESSIONALSIN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON ON ISSUES RELATING TO DIVERSITY AND EQUALITYIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION, IN THE COURTS, AND UNDER THE LAW.

Link: https://www.q-law.org

email: [email protected]

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

Link: http://www.srlp.org/ 

Transgender Law Center

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A national trans led organization for advocating self-determination for all people also has a version of a legal help desk Based in California.

Link: https://transgenderlawcenter.org

Click to call: 1+ (510) 587-9696

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

Link: https://transgenderlegal.org/

Click to call: 1+ (646) 862-9396

Email: [email protected]

Washington State Anti-Discrimination Law

Freedom from discrimination—Declaration of civil rights.

(1) The right to be free from discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability is recognized as and declared to be a civil right. 

(2) Any person deeming himself or herself injured by any act in violation of this chapter shall have a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin further violations, or to recover the actual damages sustained by the person, or both, together with the cost of suit including reasonable attorneys’ fees or any other appropriate remedy authorized by this chapter or the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, or the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq.).
(3) Except for any unfair practice committed by an employer against an employee or a prospective employee, or any unfair practice in a real estate transaction which is the basis for relief specified in the amendments to RCW 49.60.225 contained in chapter 69, Laws of 1993, any unfair practice prohibited by this chapter which is committed in the course of trade or commerce as defined in the Consumer Protection Act, chapter 19.86 RCW, is, for the purpose of applying that chapter, a matter affecting the public interest, is not reasonable in relation to the development and preservation of business, and is an unfair or deceptive act in trade or commerce.

Link: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=49.60.030

WPATH -World Professional Association for Transgender Health

WPATH World Professional Association for Transgender Health LogoWPATH is an internationally recognized organization that develops standards of care guidelines for transgender and nonbinary patients. These standards can help fight an insurance company for medically indicated care.

Link: https://www.wpath.org