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LGBT Law

This legal research guide provides information on legal issues relevant to the LGBT community.

General Information


About This Guide

This guide provides information and resources on legal issues of interest to lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, transgender people, queer people, and others. These resources discuss the unique legal challenges confronted by the LGBT community, including housing and workplace discrimination, name and gender marker changes on identification documents, and handling finances and owning property as a couple.

Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of federal law that relate to LGBT issues. If you find these references difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Know Your Rights

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Gender Marker and/or Name Changes

Information & FAQs:

Get Help:

Forms:

Who can I contact?

Texas Legal Organizations

These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness in Texas. 

National Legal Organizations

These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness at the national level. 

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

You can borrow the e-books below with your library account. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account online! Learn more about how to register online.