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In need of legal assistance? Check out the links below!

AsylumConnect
Centralized database of service providers, including legal services, for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the United States.

Department of Justice Pride
The recognized organization for all GLBT employees in all Department of Justice Offices, Boards, and Divisions; the BOP, DEA, FBI, USMS, INS, OJP, and USAO; and contractors in any of these components.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) 
(425) 747-7274 
A non-profit organization that provides high-quality, no-cost civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence throughout King County, Washington, and to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County.

King County Office of Civil Rights
Phone: 206-263-2446 
TTY: 711
King County Office of Civil Rights works to eliminate unlawful discrimination through education, mediation, and enforcement that is responsive to a diverse King County.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Western Regional Office
(213) 382-7600
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lawyer Referral and Volunteer Legal Services
(206) 623-2551

Legal Voice
(206) 621-7691
TTY: (206) 521-4317
Toll-Free: 1-866-259-7720
As an action-oriented, diverse organization, Legal Voice is committed to securing and protecting the rights of all women, making lasting changes through legislation and litigation designed to have a far-reaching public impact, and by empowering women with knowledge about their legal rights. The above link connects you Legal Voice's LGBT rights page.

National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. Today, NCTE has grown to a staff of 12 and works at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society.

NCTE's Page on Washington State Name Change Laws
Information on how to legally change your name in Washington.

National LGBT Bar Association
(202) 637-7661
Promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. The LGBT Bar aspires to improve the quality of life for LGBT legal practitioners until the time that LGBT legal professionals are recognized without discrimination, stigma or negative bias.

QLaw: the GLBT Bar Association of Washington
The GLBT Bar Association of Washington is an association of GLBT legal professionals and their friends. QLaw serves as a voice for GLBT lawyers and other legal professionals in the state of Washington on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law.

QLaw Foundation
(206) 235-7235
The GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington exists to bridge the divide between the GLBT community and legal professionals. Through its programs, the Foundation seeks to educate the public and the courts about GLBT legal issues and empower community members though informed access to the legal and judicial systems.

QLaw Foundation Legal Clinic
(206) 235-7235
A program of the QLaw Foundation, the Legal Clinic provides access to free legal advice for GLBT folks. The clinic is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7 - 9 pm.  Call on Tuesdays from 12 - 3 pm to make an appointment.
 
Seattle Office for Civil Rights
(206) 220-7900
Enforces City, State and Federal anti-discrimination laws. Protected classes for Employment Discrimination through the Seattle Office for Civil Rights include sexual orientation and gender identity. Also develops anti-discrimination programs and policies for the City of Seattle.
 
Tax Help (Seattle)

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service January through mid-April at 12 locations of The Seattle Public Library.  Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through October 26, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns.

Volunteer Attorneys for People with AIDS
(206) 267-7025
Legal services and referrals.

Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247
The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.

White and Shepherd, LLP
(206) 323-0384
White and Shepherd, LLP handles all types of immigration, personal injury, business, and civil litigation matters. They are especially interested in assisting individuals and couples with their immigration legal matters, particularly with same-sex couples and their foreign spouses or fiancees/fiances. Practicing law with competence, integrity, honesty and experience is their commitment to the community. Please contact them for a free 15 minute telephone consultation about your situation.

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