TLDEF's Name Change Project Featured in Social Science Journal


TLDEF's Name Change Project Featured in Social Science Journal

A study of TLDEF's Name Change Project, which connects low-income transgender people with leading law firms to assist in the court-ordered name change process, has been published in Transgender Health, a peer-reviewed social science journal. The article can be found here.

The researchers found that having changed one's legal name on identification documents is associated with being employed. This suggests scientific evidence that successful name change is positively associated with employment.

This is one of the first studies to explore individual and structural level factors associated with current employment status among a sample of young trans women of color. The researchers found that assisting displaced and unstably housed young trans women is critical for employment, and that employment status may also help health outcomes. Assistance in the court-ordered name change process helps with these issues, making it a critical procedure. 

TLDEF is proud to be able to assist our trans communities, in association with leading law firms, to navigate the court-ordered name change process.