Lawrence Public Library to hold clinic on how to change gender markers on legal documents

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The Lawrence Public Library is teaming up with Kansas Legal Services to hold a free clinic to help transgender people get their gender markers changed on their Kansas birth certificates and IDs.


Ellen Bertels, an attorney with Kansas Legal Services, created the Kansas Name Change Project and serves trans, nonbinary and gender-diverse folks around the state. She says trans Kansans who need to get their gender markers changed on those legal documents should act quickly before the state’s new anti-trans laws go into effect July 1.

The clinic will be a hybrid in-person and online info session. It’s set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 in the library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Join the meeting virtually via Zoom at this link. Learn more on the library’s event page.

Bertels will hold another virtual clinic at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in partnership with Equality Kansas. Join that Zoom meeting at this link.

Read more background on this issue and find out the basics of the legal process in this article from May 4.

Kansas Legal Services has a lot of information and resources available on its website, too. Read more and find further resources at this link.

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