Atlanta’s Prima Printing wins National Gay Media Association’s inaugural Ad POP award
LGBT legal organization Lambda Legal filed a brief Sept. 8 in the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of Andrew Baumert, a transgender man whose petition to legally change his name was denied by the same trial court that denied transgender man Rowan Feldhaus’s name change in June. Lambda Legal is handling both appeals.
“The court should not be allowed to double down on discrimination and deny another transgender person the right to change their name. When Andrew, Rowan and so many other transgender people go to the court to change their legal name, it is an important step towards validating who they are,” said Beth Littrell, senior attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, in a press release. “There are only a few exceptions that allow a court to deny someone the right to change their name. Being transgender is not one of those exceptions. A name change is time-consuming and costly and should not be denied based on sexist notions or transgender bias.”
Baumert, 21, is an Augusta, Georgia native who began graduate school at Georgia State University in Atlanta this year. Doctors assigned his sex as female at birth but his gender identity is male, and in January 2016 he filed a petition for a name change in the Superior Court of Columbia County, Georgia.
The court denied Baumert’s request at a June hearing, with Superior Court Judge J. David Roper saying, “my policy is to allow someone who claims to be transgendering [sic]—and I’ve had them in various stages— my policy is to permit someone to change, in your case, from an obviously—what appears to me to be a female name to something that is gender–neutral.” Roper went on to suggest several names he “can live with,” including Morgan, Shannon, Shaun and Jaimie and stated that if Baumert were allowed to have a name that matches his gender identity, it would “confuse or mislead the general public.”
This is the same policy the court applied to Feldhaus at a name change hearing in February of this year.
Atlanta’s own Prima Printing were among the winners of the National Gay Media Association’s (NGMA) inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs (Pride in Online and Print) recognize the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media.
Prima, a Midtown Atlanta business owned by Chad Sims and his partner Angel Marcelino, was the Atlanta regional winner. Winners were selected at the national level as well, with Mercedes, Wells Fargo, the CDC, Loews Hotel and Allstate among the other winners.
The NGMA is a group of the nation’s leading LGBT newspaper publishers, located in New York (Gay City News), Washington, D.C. (Washington Blade), Boston (Bay Windows), Philadelphia (Philadelphia Gay News), Detroit (Between the Lines), Chicago (Windy City Times), Dallas (Dallas Voice), Los Angeles (The Pride), San Francisco (Bay Area Reporter), Atlanta (Georgia Voice), Ft. Lauderdale (SFGN) and Orlando (Watermark).