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
  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C to Fulton St; 2/3 to Fulton St; or 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2 or 3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.