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Transgender community gets legal support from Viacom, Shearman & Sterling

The two companies have come together in support of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s efforts.

Navigating legal processes to change one’s name is a different kind of challenge for people who are transgender than it is for others. Social stigmas, taboos, and judgments abound in general towards transgender folk. They often face more challenging roadblocks if they so choose to change names along with genders.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is dedicated to supporting the transgender community in the way of acting specifically on behalf of transgender people to confirm their legal identities. A project of TLDEF’s — the “Name Change Project” — is focused on helping transgender people obtain legal recognition for their new names through pro-bono means, with only the cost of the name change relegated to the client.

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Juliana Kenny

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