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Sex change information for DMV Vermont:

To  change the gender on a state issued ID, the applicant must submit a request in writing accompanied by a letter from a physician stating their sex and the date that transition was completed.  Alternatively, the request may be accompanied by a statement from a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist stating that the applicant is irrevocably committed to the gender change and one gender predominates over the other. The statement must designate the target gender of the applicant. The statement must be signed by the physician, psychologist or psychiatrist and contain the printed name, address, license number and jurisdiction in which licensed.

Please note that the above forms and procedures for changing name and sex on a state issued ID vary from state to state.

Social Security Gender No-Match Letters and Transgender Employees

http://transequality.org/Issues/nomatch.html

 

US Passport name change information

If you cannot legally document your name change through a court order or marriage certificate, you must submit the following in person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency:

-current, valid US passport
-completed Form DS-11 (Application form for a US Passport)
-Any applicable fees
- At least 3 public records showing the date and place of birth that show exclusive use of your assumed name for at least 5 years.
-2 recent color photographs

US Passport sex change information

In order to change the sex on a US passport, the applicant must have a court ordered name change and a notarized letter from a surgeon showing you have had sex reassignment surgery. 

See also: 
http://www.tsroadmap.com/reality/passport.html

 

Local Legal Representation,  Advice, and Support

Trans friendly Vermont Lawyers

Eileen Blackwood (employment discrimination) 
Kohn, Rath, Blackwood & Danon, LLP
Hinesburg, VT 
(802) 482-2905 
eblackwood@kohnrath.com

Cynthia Broadfoot (Family law)
30 Main St # 322
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-7020 

Judge Robert Pu
Marlboro District Court

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
GLAD operates the Legal InfoLine, an excellent resource for general questions about rights, laws, and resources.
 http://www.glad.org/rights/infoline/

SafeSpace at Pride Center of Vermont
(802) 863-0003
SafeSpace is a social change and social service program working to end physical, sexual, and emotional violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) people. We provide information, support, referrals, and advocacy to LGBTQQ survivors of violence and offer education and outreach programs in the wider community.

Are you experiencing or have experienced bias, discrimination, or hate violence? SafeSpace advocates are available to assist and support you, whether filing a claim, organizing a community response, or just being a supportive ear to listen to your experience. Please call Ann or Brenda for more information.

Vermont Human Rights Commission

The Vermont Human Rights Commission has jurisdiction over allegations of unlawful discrimination in housing, places of public accommodation, and state employment. If you believe you may have experienced discrimination, please call the Human Rights Commission at 800-416-2010, ext. 25, or go to our website (hrc.vermont.gov) to download a complaint form to fill out and return to our office.
Places of public accommodation include schools, restaurants, stores, professional offices, government agencies and other places offering goods or services to the general public. Generally, the HRC can only investigate situations in which the most recent incident of possible discrimination occurred within one calendar year of your initial contact with the HRC.
If you work for a private employer and believe you may have experienced discrimination, call the Vermont Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Unit at 888-745-9195 or go to their website at www.atg.state.vt.us and click on "Discrimination" in the lefthand column.
SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY: A Guide to Vermont’s Anti- Discrimination Law for Housing Providers, Home Buyers and Tenants 
SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY: A Guide to Vermont’s Anti- Discrimination Law for Stores, Restaurants, Schools, Professional Offices and other Public Accommodations

National Policy Change Organizations

  • FTM International
    Serving the Female-to-Male Community Worldwide
  • GID Reform Advocates 
    Advocating reform of the psychiatric classification of gender diversity as mental disorder.
  • Intersex Initiative
    Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions
  • Intersex Society of North America
    The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
    Transgender Law Cases and precedents
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
    Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
  • TGI Justice Project
    Challenging human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond
  • Transgender Civil Rights Project
    The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce’s Transgender law and legal pages
  • Transgender Law and Policy Institute
    The Transgender Law and Policy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.
  • Transgender Law Center
    At the Transgender Law Center, we work with community members and allies to make California a state in which we can all fully and freely express our gender identities. On our site, you'll find one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of resources on transgender law, information about our innovative projects, and other resources.
  • Transgender Task Force

Transgender people and issues are core to our work at the Task Force. We are proud of our history as one of the first national LGBT organizations to include transgender people in our mission, starting in 1997.

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