We’re happy to have placed this feature article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about “The Name Change Project,” a program of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) that helps transgender people obtain free legal name changes through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate legal departments. The project continues to grow in many U.S. cities including Pittsburgh. It has been up and running there for just over a year now.
From the article:
The Name Change Project, launched seven years ago in New York City by the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, expanded to Pittsburgh in late 2013 because two of the fund’s partners- Reed Smith and the Bank of New York Mellon- have big offices here.
The project has assisted in 1,700 name changes nationallly and found “very strong demand for services in Pittsburgh,” said fund executive director Michael D. Silverman.
The Garden of Peace Project, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition have helped get out the word. In its first year here, the project has helped to complete 19 name changes, with another 17 in process and 23 people on a waiting list.
Last year we placed another piece on the “Name Change Project” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just as it was getting off the ground in the area. It’s exciting to see this growth in the past year and we look forward to generating more press on this vital service in the years ahead.