Free Legal Help Available for Transgender Nevadans, Post-Election

Legal advocates in Nevada are offering free help to transgender people who want to change their name and gender marker before the new administration takes office.
News Story (Nevada)

Suzanne Potter
Public News Service (PNS)
November 29, 2016


Organizations mentioned/involved: Nevada Legal Services


Nevada Legal Services said they’ve received a major uptick of calls since the election from people who say they’re concerned that legal protections that transgender people currently enjoy in the Silver State may come under attack.

Kris Bergstrom, directing attorney for Nevada Legal Services’ Las Vegas office, said for many transgender people, a name change can be anything but simple.

“A lot of them live below the poverty level, so they can’t afford a lawyer to represent them,” she said. “They may have been kicked out of their home, and so they might not have access to their original documents. They may have been using a different name informally for years, so their documentation will have many different names on it, which can make it a little more difficult to change their name.”