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Transgender ID Project

Transgender people living in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont) seeking to update their legal name and gender on federal and state documents can receive free legal representation through this rapid-response program.

Due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many courts and government offices are temporarily closed or operating for emergency business only. You may unfortunately experience delays in getting a response from state or federal government agencies or in the processing of your name or gender marker change requests as a result. For your safety and the safety of others you should not travel to any government office at this time. You should keep dated copies of any materials you submit by mail or electronically. We’ll update this notice as more information becomes available.

Click here for a quick reference guide on changing your name or gender marker in Massachusetts. Reference guides for CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT coming soon.

If you experience any legal barriers because of a delay in being able to complete a name or gender change, or if you have other questions or concerns, please reach out to GLAD Answers at 

To sign up, complete the form below or call GLAD Answers at 1-800-455-GLAD.
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Lawyers from the firms Ropes & Gray LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP, working with GLAD and MTPC, will guide transgender people through the legal process for:
  • Legal name change
  • Social Security card
  • U.S. passport
  • Driver’s license / state-issued identification card
  • Birth certificate

Attorneys may also be able to provide guidance with respect to updating other identification, personal, and commercial documents to reflect proper name and gender (including birth certificates issued outside of New England).

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This is a joint project of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Ropes & Gray LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP, and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).