LGBT Advocacy Project

LGBT Advocacy Project

To get help, call 212.382.6759.

Overview

The LGBT Advocacy Project of the City Bar Justice Center  is focused on reducing social and economic isolation in the low-income LGBT community. The Project provides free legal advice and pro bono representation to low-income LGBT New Yorkers in the areas of family and marital law, life planning such as wills and healthcare proxies, discrimination, housing and foreclosure, and transgender name and gender changes.

If you are low-income and reside in New York City, we may be able to assist you with matters like these:

  • Are you and your spouse considering divorce?
  • Has your life partner passed without a will?
  • Are you seeking to adopt your partner’s biological child?
  • Do you need assistance on legally changing your name or gender marker?
  • Are you concerned that you might lose housing or other benefits if you get married?
  • Have you suffered discrimination at work or a business or in housing?

The LGBT Advocacy Project operates a free, confidential helpline in English and Spanish at 212.382.6759 where you can leave a message 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Calls will be screened and returned on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The project conducts regular trainings for volunteer attorneys interested in providing pro bono services. Clients are screened and matched with attorney volunteers. The Project director meets with and mentors the volunteer throughout the representation. Please visit our Do Pro Bono page if you are an attorney and would like to receive information on volunteering and future trainings.

K. Scott Kohanowski directs the LGBT Advocacy Project. He is a member of the City Bar’s LGBT Rights Committee and a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. David Preciado is the project coordinator.

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Upcoming events
  • Veterans Assistance Project Breakfast

    Friday, November 10, 2017 (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM): The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) is hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast and free Ethics CLE in recognition of VAP volunteers. Sponsorship opportunities at the $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000 levels are available. Contact Christina Overton for more information.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Upper Manhattan at the NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 361 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027. By subway, this location is accessible via the A/B/C/D to the 125th St station. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.