Whitman-Walker Health Begins Transgender Legal Clinics

Clinics Will Help Clients with Name and Gender Change Processes

Washington, DC – Whitman-Walker Health will begin a free legal clinic for transgender clients beginning in June 2012. The Name and Gender Change Clinic will be held every other month and provide an opportunity for clients to meet one-on-one with trained attorneys to provide counseling and assistance with name and gender change processes, including changing drivers’ licenses, passports, birth certificates and other identity documents and public records. Whitman-Walker will work with Trans Legal Advocates of Washington to provide this service.

The next three clinics will be held at 6:30 pm at Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th St., NW, on Oct. 24, Jan. 15 and Feb. 13.  Clients will be served on a walk-in basis and no appointment is necessary, but clients are encouraged to RSVP to Lee Brubaker at 202.939.7627 or via e-mail.

“Having identity documents, Social Security and other legal records that accurately reflect one’s name and gender is so vital for any transgender person to live, work and thrive in our community,” said Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon.  “The processes and procedures to make changes to these documents can be burdensome and confusing. As part of our ongoing commitment to care for the transgender community, we are proud to offer this service that will make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center located in Washington, DC. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management.  We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.