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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 works 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.

TARP seeks to eliminate the gaps left in legal services for transgender people due to the resource isolation which results from geographical isolation. WA has at least 6,000 trans folks who live in areas outside of an urban center. At TARP events, community members come together to work with a trans legal professional to learn about their rights under the current unpredictable Federal climate, to dispel fears resulting from legal oppression, and to bolster community strength through building knowledge and skills for legal self-sufficiency. TARP also improves legal supportive services for rural trans folks through training on the ground local rural legal and court professionals in trans competent services and by fostering a network of trans sensitive rural legal providers in as many counties as possible.

 Fellowship Plans

In the past year, Dusty has:

  • Helped 100+ rural trans folks through local rural legal community events and supported 20+ rural trans clients with in depth case assistance
  • Trained 400+ lawyers, judges or court staff from across the state to be trans sensitive legal providers
  • Served trans community or trained professionals in trans services in 27+ counties across Washington

Next Steps

In the next year, Dusty plans to:

  • Continue to assist rural transgender and gender diverse folks to meet their personal pro-se civil legal needs for changing their name and gender through offering diverse types of local legal support
  • Host 25+ trans focused legal rights events and ID document update clinics in rural areas across WA
  • Increase remote legal support for rural trans folks through the TARP online legal document bank
  • Help make rural areas more secure and stable for trans folks one county at a time


Let’s Recognize Trans Visibility in Rural Places, Too

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