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Lambda Legal Help Desk

What is the Help Desk?

Lambda Legal’s Help Desk provides information and resources regarding discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.

Will Lambda Legal represent me?

Lambda Legal selects cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV. While we are not able to take every case, the Help Desk can discuss your legal issue with you, and can provide useful information. This assistance may include follow-up discussions with Lambda Legal attorneys or contact information for an attorney in your area or for other organizations that may directly assist you. We are not legal aid, calls will not be initially answered by an attorney and help desk analysts cannot give legal advice.

How do I contact the Help Desk?

1. ONLINE: Email the Help Desk by filling out this online form.

2. BY PHONE: Select your state below to get the telephone number of the Lambda Legal Help Desk nearest you.

Select your state for the Help Desk phone number.

We do not accept walk-in inquiries at any office.

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Will my information be kept private?

All inquiries to the Help Desk are strictly confidential.

Is this an emergency?

If you are an LGBT person in crisis or thinking of harming yourself, please contact the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386. Transgender, non-binary, or gender-questioning people in crisis can also contact Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860. If you feel like you are in danger, please contact your local authorities.

How will Lambda Legal contact me? 

After you reach out to us, an analyst from Lambda Legal's Help Desk may follow-up with you via email or an unlisted phone number. If an analyst cannot reach you, they will leave a voicemail. Please check your voicemail to remain in contact with us.