Gender Recognition Act

Yesterday, the New York Senate passed the Gender Recognition Act, in a step to expedite and simplify the legal name and gender marker change processes, and benefiting the Transgender and Nonbinary individuals in particular.  This bill has yet to be voted on by the New York Assembly. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is…

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HUD Affirms Commitment to Protect Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals

submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in a press release that it would withdraw a proposed rule, which, if implemented, would harm transgender and non-binary individuals.  The proposed rule would have permitted blatant discrimination against transgender and non-binary individuals at emergency shelters.  Specifically, the rule…

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Live Presentation on Leveraging Health Insurance to Achieve Equity for LGBT People

Christopher Phillips, Esq. gave a live presentation on how LGBT adults can use health insurance programs to access the Health Care System and live healthier, happier lives. View the powerpoint presentation separately here. Questions?  Income-eligible individuals age 50 years and up who self-identify as LGBTQ+ can contact Christopher Phillips at (716) 853-3087, ext. 283, to…

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Planning for the Unexpected: Which Documents Are Right For You?

submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Planning for the future is important.  Life can change in the blink of an eye, so it is important to think ahead and find ways to look after yourself and your affairs.  The decision to put documents in place is a personal one.  The content below provides general information regarding…

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CELJ Opposes Proposed Rule Discriminating Against Transgender Individuals in Homeless Shelters

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submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule, entitled Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Facilities Under Community Planning and Development Housing Programs.  The proposed rule would permit emergency homeless shelters to admit individuals based solely on their biological…

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