Legal

Have you been fired from your job because of your gender identity or expression?  Are you being harassed and bullied at school?  Do you need some help from a lawyer or and advocate?  Call these queer and trans friendly resources in Massachusetts.  We highly recommend them!

Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates

Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates is a group of law students and lawyers committed to addressing the needs of low-income transgender people in Massachusetts. MTLA recognizes that a lack of public awareness about trans people can make it difficult to navigate the legal system. Their legal team is composed of trans folks and their significant others, family, and friends.  Whether it involves talking you through a process, helping you to find an attorney you can afford, or addressing your issue ourselves, MTLA will do what they can to address your legal needs.

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

  • 1.800.455.GLAD

Members of the GLBT community can call the GLAD hotline to discuss their situations and find out how the law protects gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people, and people with HIV. You can obtain information on how to defend your rights, where and how to file a discrimination claim, and get referrals to experienced and friendly attorneys. GLAD can also provide links to other resources sympathetic to GLBT and HIV issues.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)

  • 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
  • Boston 617.994.6000
  • Springfield 413.739.2145
  • Worcester 508.799.8010
  • New Bedford 508.990.2390

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the state’s chief civil rights agency. The Commission works to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas, and strives to advance the civil rights of the people of the Commonwealth through law enforcement, outreach and training. Important: If you believe you have been discriminated against, you should file a complaint with the MCAD immediately.  In all but a few exceptions, the MCAD cannot accept complaints based on incidents over 300 days old.