Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services
New data from the Williams Institute shows that more than 300,000 trans folks call the South home. Too often, they face a lack of resources and support. We often hear stories of people going without medical care or traveling hours to reach a doctor who will treat them with respect. That’s got to change.
To respond to that need, the Campaign for Southern Equality is releasing Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services.
In the pages of this edition of Trans in the South you’ll find lists of trans-friendly service providers – from doctors to attorneys to counselors – across the South as well as resources to assist with funding medical transition. This information has been collected and vetted by Ivy Gibson-Hill, our LGBT Rights Toolkit Coordinator. We hope this resource guide helps people access the services they need to survive and to thrive.
You can download a PDF of Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources by clicking here.
Laws in your state
Laws regarding adoption, nondiscrimination protections, hate crimes reporting and much more vary from state to state. For information about the policies that affect LGBT people in your state, please see these resources from national LGBT organizations:
Human Rights Campaign’s state law maps
Lambda Legal’s state law map
For more information about state-issued documents in all 50 states, see the National Center for Transgender Equality’s ID Documents Center.
Power of Attorney
Protect your rights with estate planning tools like health care power of attorney forms. Estate planning makes clear your wishes for treatment during emergencies, at the end of your life, and beyond. For LGBT people and their families, estate planning is a tool that can be used to secure basic rights that many take for granted. If you haven’t completed these important documents, it’s important to do so as soon as possible, at any age, whether you are single or partnered.
These documents will help you protect your rights and wishes:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Hospitable Visitation Form
Learn more about these tools in Life Lines, a publication of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
West Virginia Name & Gender Change Guidelines
WEST VIRGINIA NAME CHANGE GUIDELINES
This document is intended for informational use only, and is in no way intended to constitute legal advice or the opinions of the Campaign for Southern Equality. Because the law is constantly changing, the Campaign for Southern Equality cannot guarantee that this information is accurate and up-to-date. Procedures may vary by county. If you have any questions, please consult a licensed attorney.
West Virginia law about name changes: West Virginia Code §48-25-101
What You Need:
Total Estimated Costs: $165.00
- Fill out the petition and get it notarized. File this petition along with $145.00 at the county clerk’s office in the county where you live.
- You will be given a court date.
- After filing your petition, and at least 10 days before your court date, publish a legal advertisement (see your county clerk for specific guidelines) declaring the new name that you want. The publication area for this advertisement should be your entire county, and it needs to include a provision that your hearing may be rescheduled without further notice or publication.
- The clerk can tell you which newspaper is best to publish in.
- Once publishing is complete, you will receive a Public Notice Affidavit from the newspaper.
- Appear at your court hearing and if your name change is granted you will receive a name change court order.
- Once you have your name change order, take the order to the Social Security office and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
*Additional documents may be required: Driver’s license or picture ID, birth certificate or current passport, copies of current bills showing current address.
Don’t Forget: Once your name change has been approved, you will need to update this with several government agencies. This includes changing your name with the Social Security Administration and the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. You will need to change your name with Social Security Administration prior to changing it with the DMV. You will need to bring the copy of your name change order along with $20.00 for a corrected license.
West Virginia will change both name and sex, and will issue an amended birth certificate with the old name struck over and the new name and sex typed in the margin.
You will need an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change, and an original letter from your SRS surgeon.
Vital Registration Office
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701