January 29, 2014 | by Steve Charing
New website for trans youth
A new website, trans*youth@md, has been established to answer legal questions posed by trans youth and their parents. The site was created by FreeState Legal, Inc. in partnership with local Maryland chapters of PFLAG. FreeState provides legal services to low-income members of the LGBT community.
The website, which is still under development, offers such resources as: laws about legally changing name and gender; the steps to change name or gender on official documents, like Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, and passports; rules about signing up for Selective Service if one is trans; and civil rights. However, the website does not provide information about the medical or psychological aspects of transition, although it displays links to additional resources that might be able to provide some answers.
“We want to help parents figure out what they have to do, what they can do to protect their children,” Catherine Hyde, the transgender coordinator for PFLAG- Howard County and a member of PFLAG’s national board of directors, told the Baltimore Sun.
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