Post submitted by Kaiden O’Suilleabhain, ArTEC Social Committee
The first Little Rock Name and Gender Marker Clinic in 2017 was a success. The clinic was held on March 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock. The event was organized by Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC) members Colin Robinson and Kris Avery, in conjunction with Michael V. Lauro Jr. of Lauro Law, PLLC. HRC Arkansas graciously provided refreshments and other support.
More than 20 people participated, creating a fun and lively atmosphere while the volunteer professionals got to work helping attendees. With the help of lawyers and a physician, a dozen people received legal counsel and assistance in filling out the necessary paperwork to have their name and gender marker legally changed. The event was a great experience for both volunteers and those receiving the free services.
“It was great that Dr. Janet Cathey was there, and the paperwork she filled out helped get my insurance issues sorted,”Asher, an attendee, recalled.
ArTEC is grateful to everyone who helped to make the event a reality, and we are honored to have HRC as an ally in helping the transgender community in Arkansas live more authentically.