LGBTQ people deserve and are entitled to live full, equal and authentic lives. However, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression remains pervasive across the country and in New York State. Empire Justice Center’s LGBTQ Rights unit provides free legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex clients in Western and Central New York, with a focus on anti-discrimination in employment, education, housing, credit and public accommodations.
If you feel you were treated unfairly in any of these settings because of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression and/or intersex status, please see contact information below to get help:
If you are a transgender or gender-nonconforming person who needs assistance obtaining a judicial name change and accurate identity documents;
If you are an LGBTQI elder who has been treated unfairly because of your status and/or needs assistance preparing advance health directives, health care proxies, and wills;
If you are an LGBTQI veteran who needs assistance updating the name and gender marker on your military records, and/or are having trouble accessing any public benefits due to your discharge status (as related to Don't Ask, Don't Tell).