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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
Information about family law for domestic partners.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This booklet is tailored for LGBT people.
You have rights to access many healthcare services.
When dealing with law enforcement, FBI, and ICE.
What we can do!
Find information about voting in your area and report voting issues you encounter.
Insurance providers cannot treat domestic partners and married spouses differently.
Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.
How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.
Getting married in California - frequently asked questions.
If you suspect that your application was illegally denied.
This section shows you how to ask for a court order changing your gender, both in cases where you also want to change your name or when you only want to change your gender.
This question and answer guide is designed to address many of the frequently asked questions about protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the California foster care system from harassment and discrimination.
This publication gives an overview of the federal and state provisions requiring schools to protect students from anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination.
What documents should I prioritize changing now? Should I get a court ordered name change and/or gender change now? Should I change my name and gender on my birth certificate now, and if so how? Should I change my name and gender on my driver"s license or other state ID now, and if so how? Should I change my name and gender on my U.S. passport or immigration documents now, and if so how? Should I change my name and/or gender on my social security record now, and if so how? What about for transgender people under 18?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people in the juvenile justice system, like all people in state custody, have clearly established civil rights under the U. S. Constitution, state and federal statutes and regulations, and agency policy
Can the school refuse to allow the GSA to meet if other students or community members oppose the group and create a disruption? Does the school have to give a GSA the same privileges as other clubs?
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The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.
Information on the Prison Rape Elmination Act (PREA), your safety and protection from violence, your medical care: constitutional requirements, necessary medical care for many transgender individuals inludes access to clothing and grooming, standards consistent with gender identity, housing administrative segregation, your rights through searches, your privacy, and your safely preserving/enforcing your rights.
Info about sex ed, age of consent, LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, condoms, birth control, abortion, pregnancy, emergency contraception, sexting.
Without written protections in place, your "chosen family" will not be legally recognized, and could very easily be questioned or contested by a biological family member.
As a student, you have rights at school: dress codes & uniforms, student expression, searches of students, school discipline, cell phone privacy, LGBTQ, pregnant & parenting students, social media, foster youth, file a complaint.