With a Donald Trump presidency looming, the Gender Justice League is raising money for an emergency fund to help transgender people change their legal documents to correspond with their identities.
Danni Askini, executive director of the group, launched an online fundraising campaign for clinics to help people change their identification documents and to provide direct funds to trans people who can’t afford to make the legal changes.
“We need to prepare for the potential State-sanctioned discrimination that is to come,”Askini writes. “Having legal identification documents that correctly correspond to our identities is the first step in helping us navigate a Trump regime as smoothly as possible.”
According to the campaign, four out of five trans people don’t have updated legal documents.
“This means that should a Trump administration make promise on implementing bigoted policy, Trans people will face even more discrimination finding employment, housing, at schools, and when traveling out of the country,” the campaign description says.
The campaign has raised more than $5,000 of its $40,000 goal for the Gender Justice League to hold clinics to help trans people fill out forms and get letters to change their names and gender markers.
Askini has scheduled the first clinic for Wednesday, November 30 at Agnes Underground. Only about 70 people can fit in the space, additional clinics are expected to be scheduled in December.
According to the event’s organizers, the clinic will have volunteer attorneys helping people fill out and understand forms and medical providers who can write same-day letters for gender marker changes.
The clinic will help with names changes in King County and driver’s license, social security, birth certificate and passport changes.
In King County, it costs $171 to change your name. Birth certificate costs are $20. Passports are $135. Washington IDs are $54. Driver’s licenses are $89 and changing your name or gender on a license or ID is $20.
Attendees will also be able to have their passport photos taken for free.
QLaw Foundation, Teller & Associates, U.T.O.P.I.A, and the King County Bar Association are participating in the event.
Volunteers are needed for the event. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate to the clinic go here.