Transgender Know Your Rights Project

The Transgender Know Your Rights manual series is a project of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; many additional individuals and organizations made valuable contributions.

Thanks to Prerna Lal, Carlos Villarreal, and Alicia Virani, for drafting the original material which constitutes the bulk of this publication, and Kelly Densmore, John Fitzgerald, Sara Grant, Ted Gullickson, Andrea Horne, Erica Keiter, Alex Lee, Micah Ludeke, Ben Lunine, Joshua Melgaard, Esteban Rodriguez, Julie Shefchik, Ariel Speser, Michelle Syler, Dani Williams, Zahra Mojtahedi and numerous other individuals for reviewing a draft version of this document and providing valuable insights based on their experience carrying out this work. Thanks also to Becky Straus for designing an earlier version of this project.

The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. The Transgender Know Your Rights Manuals are legal materials designed for transgender community members and their advocates to provide a set of basic, current, and locally-specific legal information about how certain areas of substantive law uniquely affect transgender individuals.

This effort was inspired by Thomas Steel, tireless advocate for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community and longtime friend and supporter of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. His leadership and vision enabled the work which the Transgender Know Your Rights Project seek to further.

The Transgender Know Your Rights Project was made possible by the Thomas Steel Fund.