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Community Center Hosts Name-Change Clinic

Philadelphia Gay News

Local transgender and gender-nonbinary folks who can’t afford the cost of legally changing their names now will have legal services at their disposal.

In collaboration with Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, law firm Blank Rome and in-house lawyers at PECO — An Exelon Company, William Way LGBT Community Center will host a name-change clinic on July 24, with plans for more such forums.


Through the TLDEF initiative, Blank Rome works with name-change clients in Houston, New York City and Pittsburgh, in addition to Philadelphia, where the firm’s attorneys have represented some 30 local clients so far.

“Just being able to have the name that you’ve chosen, the name that fits your identity, is so important because we go through our everyday lives and don’t have to think about the little pieces,” said Samar Aryani-Sabet, one of the Philadelphia Blank Rome lawyers representing name-change clients. “It’s an important piece of normalizing the everyday.” 


“Community Center Hosts Name-Change Clinic,” by Michele Zipkin was published in Philadelphia Gay News on July 18, 2019.