Judge: City overreached in transgender case
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.