Referral Resources


The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is a local voluntary bar association and does not provide legal servicesIf you are seeking legal representation, please see some of the resources below, and also check out our links page.  Some of the organizations below may be able to assist you in obtaining representation or legal advice.  This list is not exhaustive and does not reflect any endorsement or affiliation between these organizations and the LGBT Bar of DC.


Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lawyer Referral Service  – (202) 296-7845

The D.C. Bar – Information about hiring a lawyer from the D.C. Bar – Providing links to legal services providers for low-income individuals in a variety of subject matters

Translaw – Trans Legal Advocates of Washington  – Conducts a name and gender change clinic in conjunction with Whitman-Walker Health

Whitman-Walker Health – Provides legal services to  patients of Whitman-Walker Health, people living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community

Equality Virginia — Statewide LGBT group in Virginia that maintains a list of LGBT-sensitive attorneys around the state. (804.643.4816)

ACLU of the Nation’s Capital – Provides legal assistance on cases involving the denial of civil liberties in the District of Columbia


SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates & Leaders) — SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community – The DC Center provides a educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.  To fulfill its mission, it focuses on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building.  It also maintains a directory of business and professional services.

LGBT Freedom Asylum Network – Lists services for LGBTQ asylum seekers in Washington, DC.


Lambda Legal – The nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, transgender people, and people with HIV/AIDS.

ACLU LGBT Rights Project – A special division of the national ACLU, staffed by experts in constitutional law and civil rights making the case for fair and equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Immigration Equality – Providing legal assistance related to immigration and asylum for LGBT individuals and people with HIV/AIDS.

National Center for Transgender Equality – Administers the Trans Legal Services Network, listing trans-friendly lawyers around the country.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) – A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

The Transgender Law Center  –  The Legal Information Helpline provides basic information about laws that affect transgender people, including employment, health care, civil rights, family law, and identity document changes. It also provides information about resources available for people who are facing other forms of discrimination and civil rights issues.


LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York — Attorney Referral Service for the New York metropolitan area

Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) Legal help and referrals for LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS in New England