The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee voted this week to ease restrictions on gender identity changes, approving a proposal that would require only a certified statement from a medical doctor, reported WRC-TV.
Previously, a change would have required public notification in classified newspaper adverts and surgical requirements.
The new law, which will come before the council in the coming weeks and is expected to pass easily, would issue a new birth certificate rather than simply amending the original.
Transgender activists say amended birth certificates often lead to challenges and subject them to discrimination.
“I’m proud that we are doing this during pride week,” said council member Tommy Wells. “It’s a time when we recognize equality among all District residents.”
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has reversed a county judge’s refusal to grant a name change to a transgender person. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation, representing Angela Ingram, had appealed Oklahoma County Judge Bill Graves’s denial of her application to change her legally recognized name from James Dean Ingram to Angela Renee Ingram. [...]