Community Needs

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) community has unique legal needs. Low-income LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT youth, people of color and immigrants, are harmed by systematic inequality arising from prejudice and discrimination.

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Prior to FreeState Legal Project’s founding, there were no organizations in Maryland dedicated to providing free or reduced-cost legal services to meet the legal needs of this population.

In August 2009, FreeState contracted with an independent consultant to conduct a focused assessment, based in the Greater Baltimore area, of the low-income LGBT community’s needs and the services available to meet those needs.

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Download our Needs Assessment Report (PDF)