Judge: City over­reached in trans­gen­der case

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NEW YORK | A judge says New York City asked too much of a trans­gen­der man try­ing to get his sex changed on his birth certificate.

A re­cent rul­ing says the city over­reached by seek­ing a psy­chi­atric re­port and de­tailed sur­gi­cal records. The decision or­ders the Health Depart­ment to re-eval­u­ate the man’s re­quest.

It marks a vic­tory for ad­vo­cates seek­ing to make it eas­ier for peo­ple who have changed gen­der to change their iden­tity doc­u­ments.

City of­fi­cials have said they need ro­bust proof of a per­ma­nent sex change. They want to en­sure safe­guards on chang­ing cru­cial ID records.

The man said the re­quests in­vaded his privacy. He said he had al­ready pro­vided enough in­for­ma­tion to sat­isfy a reg­u­la­tion re­quir­ing proof of the surgery.

City at­tor­neys are con­sid­er­ing what to do next.

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