Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Your Papers Please

That can cause dread in the trans community when we are asked for our IDs, depending on where you live and were born it can create problems and “out” ourselves.
2 Transgender People Want Sex Designation on IDs Changed
Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver's licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.
U.S. News & World Report
By AP
Jan. 9, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver's licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray both have driver's licenses and insurance cards that have their new names, but still bear the sex designations that were assigned to them at birth.

Second District Judge Noel Hyde granted the name changes, but said a lack of clarity in state law precludes him from granting a change in their gender identity.

Christopher Wharton, the attorney who represents Rice and Childers-Gray, said Judge Hyde is wrong.

State laws that reference sex changes, name changes and gender identity, along with the inherent discretion that judges have, leave more than enough room for granting the petitions, Wharton said.
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Hyde's 2016 denials are believed to be the first issued in Utah, said Wharton, who successfully represented clients in more than 30 other such cases.

Wharton said in every state but New York, name and gender identity changes are handled in the courts. And in Utah, judges statewide have granted the petitions under "common law authority," The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
We should have to be forced to have surgery to change out gender markers…
Frist, it is forced sterilization.
Second, for many trans people they cannot afford surgery
Third, for some trans people they have medical problems that make surgery dangerous.
Fourth, the first rule in medicine is to try the least invasive procedures first.

And forcing us to have surgery in order to change our documentation is wrong.

There is a major error in this article; “Wharton said in every state but New York, name and gender identity changes are handled in the courts.” is totally WRONG!
I know firsthand that Connecticut does not require a court order to change your gender identity, it is WRONG!

Under Connecticut law the only thing that you need a court for is your name change and that does not change your gender markers. To change your gender markers you need a letter from a doctor or other medical provider and with that letter you can change your birth certificate and driver license gender markers. I believe eight states allow you to change your birth certificates without surgery.



Over in China that are also talking being able to change your gender markers.
Three transgender men challenge Hong Kong policy requiring full sex change before they are legally considered male
Applicants say refusal to recognise their adopted gender amounts to inhumane treatment
South China Morning Post
By Raquel Carvalho
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018

Hong Kong’s High Court on Tuesday began hearing the case of three transgender men challenging the government’s requirement for them to undergo a full sex change before their local identity cards are amended to state they are male.

The applicants are seeking a judicial review over the Commissioner of Registration’s refusal to recognise their adopted gender. They said the rejection infringed their rights not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, as well as their rights to privacy.

They also said that the refusal amounted to indirect discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.
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These cases come after the city’s Court of Final Appeal issued a landmark decision in 2013 to allow a female – who had undergone sex reassignment surgery after being born a male – to marry her boyfriend. In its ruling, it said that requiring a transgender person to undergo full sex reassignment surgery before officially recognising their acquired gender “may have an undesirable coercive effect on persons who would not otherwise be inclined to undergo the surgery”.
Let us hope that they win; no one should be forced to have surgery that they don’t need.

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