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Legal Protections

LGBT Protections in Morgantown, West Virginia
The human rights ordinance in Morgantown, WV includes protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
Read the ordinance document.

Gender Spectrum – Legal Resources
As families grapple with raising Gender-expansive or Transgender children, legal issues are some of the most unsettling challenges they encounter. By learning more about the legal ramifications and expectations of Gender identity, you will be better equipped to serve Gender-expansive youth.
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Human Rights Campaign – State Maps
View the laws and policies that affect the LGBTQ community and see where the states stand on important issues.

Human Rights Campaign – 2018 State Equality Index
A state-by-state summary of LGBTQ laws and policies.

Document Changes

Name, Gender, and Birth Certificate Changes in West Virginia
Find out how to get a legal name change and update your name/gender on state and federal IDs and records in West Virginia.

Lambda Legal – State-by-State Guidelines on Changing Sex Designation on Birth Certificates
A state-by-state list of requirements and processes to change the sex designation on a birth certificate.

Adult Name Changes in WV – Legal Aid of West Virginia
Requirements for adult name changes in West Virginia.

West Virginia DMV Gender Designation Changes
The WV DMV will change the gender designation on the applicant’s driver’s license or ID card contingent on the submission of this fully and accurately completed form. Find the information under “Changes to Birth Date, Social Security Number” with link to downloadable PDF form.

Correcting a WV Birth Certificate
WV Health Statistics Center resources for changing gender marker on WV birth certificates with link to downloadable PDF form.


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia
The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to ensure the Bill of Rights and rights guaranteed by the Constitution are preserved for each new generation. The ACLU-WV accomplishes these goals through legislative advocacy, litigation, grassroots organizing, and public education.

Fairness West Virginia
Fairness West Virginia (Fairness) is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians.