Two recent decisions, along with countless volunteer lawyers, have made it easier for transgender individuals to change their name in New York. In the first case, the New York appeals court held that individuals seeking name changes are not required to have doctors’ notes explaining the need for the change. In the second case, a civil court judge made a exception to the general rule that name changes be published in newspapers. The judge noted the obvious safety concerns for transgender individuals.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund has enlisted volunteers from 19 firms in New York, and has been able to help nearly 400 individuals change their names.
Changing a name may not seem like a big step, but it reflects a growing general acceptance for transgender individuals.
For Transgender People, Name Is a Message | New York Times