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Dusty Weber LaMay

  • Hosted by Lavender Rights Project
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school University of California, Davis School of Law
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The Trans Advocacy in Rural Places (TARP) project will work to solve the burdens placed upon rural transgender people to meet their own legal needs. TARP builds resiliency in rural transgender communities of Washington through improving legal supportive services for their civil rights, educating the public, and increasing trans community capacity to self-represent.

Both rurality and transgender identity present substantial hurdles to meeting personal legal needs. The rural resource drain limits the availability of legal assistance of any kind in rural areas which is then heightened for transgender people by the trans specific need for trans competent legal services. This intersection creates immense institutional barriers that impede rural transgender people from protecting their rights. TARP will center trans legal advocacy in the rural areas of WA to address this persistent and unmet need.

Dusty is the right person for the project because:

  • Dusty’s lived experience as a both a trans person and a person who lived rurally form a passionate commitment to both trans liberation and improving rural livelihoods
  • Dusty has 15+ years of experience in LGBTQ social justice non-profit services, management and Board of Director leadership and brings with him both regional and national connections and experience
  • Dusty is a skilled and engaging trainer and community legal education facilitator

 Fellowship Plans

In the first six months, Dusty will:

  • Begin providing direct legal services and advocacy services to WA’s rural transgender community members
  • Increase civil rights related resource , trainings and materials for rural trans communities in WA
  • Host at least 3 clinics in the rural areas close to King County, WA
  • Increase statewide knowledge about the structural inequalities faced by rural trans people
  • Assist 20+ rural WA trans people with identity related legal needs
  • Develop the 2 year county clinic and services performance, partnership, outreach and fundraising plan


Let’s Recognize Trans Visibility in Rural Places, Too

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