Legal Clinics for Name and Gender Marker Changes and Financial Assistance- 2018 (UPDATED)

TransOhio and it’s fabulous community partner, Equitas Health, announce the details for their Free Legal Name and Gender Marker Change Clinics to be held around the state of Ohio in the upcoming months in 2018 after holding 24 clinics since August of 2016. The dates for the 2018 clinics are as follows:


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Columbus
Equitas Clintonville – 4400 N. High St., Suite 300, Columbus OH 43214

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Toledo
Equitas Offices – 3450 W. Central Ave., Suite 104, Toledo OH 43606

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Cleveland
Location TBD

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Athens
Location TBD

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Marietta
Location TBD

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Dayton
Location TBD

TransOhio will be on hand at all scheduled clinics with financial assistance applications for those who need it to complete the process.

Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are quite welcome.
Call (614) 340-6744 or email to make a reservation!


Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Toledo
Equitas Health – 3450 W. Central Ave. Suite 104, Toledo, Ohio 43606

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Dayton
Equitas Health – 1222 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45402

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Athens
Ohio-Equitas Health – 507 Richland Ave., Suite 201, Athens, Ohio 45701
(Cancelled Due to Weather – To Be Rescheduled)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Cleveland
ACLU of Ohio – 4506 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Columbus
Kaleidoscope Youth Center – 603 E. Town St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
(youth only – 20 and under)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Columbus
Equitas Health King-Lincoln Medical Center – 750 E. Long St., Suite 3000, Columbus, OH 43203

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Youngstown
Full Spectrum Community Outreach – 323 Wick Ave Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Lima
Equitas Office – 658 West Market Street, Suite 215, Lima, OH 45801

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Cincinnati
Equitas Office – 311 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229-2838

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 6PM-8PM | Akron
CANAPI – 759 W Market Street, 1st Floor, Akron, Ohio, 44303


Many times in our community, individuals lack financial resources to complete this important process in their journey. TransOhio has secured six grants so that resources are available to such individuals to get this legal hurdle completed even if lacking in all the funds to complete the same. Below is the policy (please read prior to completing the application) and link to the application itself. Please complete the application and email the completed form to

We hope this development will aid our community in making this process a little easier.

TransOhio Legal Documents Financial Assistance Application Policies

  1. Applicant must have completed Application/ Petition for Name Change either individually, through private counsel, through the assistance of pro bono counsel or use of Equitas Legal Clinic Coordinator or at one of the TransOhio / Equitas Legal Clinics and must have all paperwork ready to be filed with Court at the time of completing the application for financial assistance.
  2. Applicants may seek partial or full funding to complete the process. The application for financial assistance can be found here.
  3. All such funds awarded by TransOhio must be used for the completion of the filing process for name change in your Ohio county of residence and/or publication of notice of hearing or driver’s license name an gender marker change through Ohio BMV.
  4. All checks issued by TransOhio for this process are made out to the clerk of courts or other similar county governmental entity of the county of residence of the applicant and /or the newspaper of general circulation required by the county for purposes of publication and notice required by the county to complete the application for name change process. No checks can be issued to individuals.
  5. Applicants must utilize the least expensive method of publication if offered a choice of publications in the county they are completing the process.
  6. Applicants must attend their scheduled hearing for name change set by the court.
  7. Applicants can only apply for financial assistance for this process one time.

If you need financial assistance for a US Passport, please check out our Passport Financial Assistance Program.

More questions? Read our FAQ.