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
  • Financial Empowerment Workshop: Business Plan/Financial Statements Workshop 102

    Wednesday, July 26th (6:00 – 8:00PM): The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is hosting a free three-part financial empowerment series to provide New Yorkers with the tools they need to move toward financial independence and to financially sustain their small business. This session provides its attendees with a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with finance professionals. At this session, professionals will review and answer questions related to balance sheets and income statements. Individual questions will be answered. To attend this session, you must have attended 101 Accounting and Finance for Small Businesses. Registration is required. To register, please call NELP at 212-382-4726.