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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Guide: Updating Name, Gender in Arkansas

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is thrilled to announce the completion of a name and gender change guide for the State of Arkansas.

“Improving and expanding access to name and gender change services was at the core of why we created the Trans Legal Services Network,” says Arli Christian, State Policy Counsel at NCTE. “Our collaboration with partner organizations and pro bono firms helps bring important policy changes into the hands of those who need it most.”

This comprehensive name and gender change guide gives individuals living and born in Arkansas the information they need to tackle the complicated process of updating their identity documents. With this guide we hope to expand access to the name and gender change process to all who need it and provide a helpful tool for legal and social justice organizations serving the transgender community.

This resource was produced in collaboration with the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), a member of NCTE’s Trans Legal Services Network, and pro bono attorneys at Squire Patton Boggs, a member of the Network’s Advisory Council.

The Arkansas Name and Gender Change Guide is the first project completed by the Advisory Council with additional guides and legal resources in the works. The Advisory Council, launched in 2014, supports the over 60 members of the Trans Legal Services Network to meet the unique legal needs of transgender communities, and aid them in expanding their services.

ArTEC is a trans-led organization working to advance equality, justice and inclusiveness for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansans. Among their many projects, ArTEC plans to launch regular name and gender change clinics making use of this guide. They hope to travel across the state to provide free name and gender change services and make the process more accessible for individuals living across the state.

NCTE applauds ArTEC and Squire Patton Boggs for their hard work and commitment to transgender equality, and looks forward to the creation of further legal resources to meet the needs of trans people across the country.

Click here to learn more about NCTE’s Trans Legal Services Network.

Download the guide here.

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