LGBTQ-Specific Services

Please note: The legal options and laws outlined below provide general information only. VRLC attorneys provide legal assistance to individual sexual assault survivors with LGBTQ legal needs related to the assault in Massachusetts and Oregon.

For individual legal advice in Massachusetts please call (617) 399-6720 x19.
For individual legal advice in Oregon, please call (503) 274-5477 x6 (or, for the Trans ID Project, call 503-274-5477 x32).

Trans ID Project

Transgender sexual assault survivors in Oregon can change their name and/or gender on an identity document (like a Social Security card or passport) by filing a Name-Sex Change Petition in court. Information and step-by-step instructions for the courts in each of Oregon’s 36 counties can be found here. The VRLC staff is available to provide advice about the process, help complete and file the forms, and in some cases provide representation in court (if necessary). The VRLC may also be able to pay certain ID change fees.* In addition, the VRLC continues to provide holistic, free civil legal services to transgender sexual assault survivors throughout Massachusetts and in the Oregon counties of Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah.

*Our services are always free. The VRLC can assist with fee payments while dedicated funding remains available.

Call (503) 274-5477 x32 for more information.

Other LGBTQ-Specific Services

LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault face particular challenges, including encountering anti-LGBTQ bigotry in accessing services. The VRLC has always been committed to providing comprehensive, culturally responsive services and appropriate service referrals to LGBTQ sexual assault survivors.

The VRLC is able to work with LGBTQ survivors in Massachusetts and Oregon on the full range of civil legal services we provide, including but not limited to:

  • Immigration: we can work with you to help determine what kind of immigration relief you might qualify for.
  • Housing: we can work with you to negotiate safety accommodations with your landlord, as well as help you protect your right to be free from discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Employment: We can work with you on a variety of matters including addressing lost wages, unemployment insurance, or seeking accommodations from your employer; as well as help you protect your right to be free from discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Safety: LGBTQ survivors share many of the same safety concerns with straight, cisgender survivors, but may also face particular challenges in addressing safety needs. In addition to assisting with identity record changes, we can assist LGBTQ clients with safety planning and culturally competent resource referrals.

Resources for Service Providers

Tips: Strengthening LGBTQ Sexual Assault Survivors’ Access to Services
Webinar: Transforming Access for LGBTQ Survivors