TLDEF & Plaintiffs Challenging Surgery Requirement Testify Before New York City Council in Support of Legislation to End Discriminatory Birth Certificate Policy
Passage of Legislation to Eliminate Surgery Rule for Transgender People Seeking to Match Their Birth Certificates With Their True Selves Would Resolve Lawsuit Against City
November 10 - TLDEF and three plaintiffs testified today at a hearing of the New York City Council Health Committee, urging the council to pass legislation ending the city’s discriminatory transgender birth certificate policy. The plaintiffs are part of TLDEF’s first-of-its-kind lawsuit challenging the requirement that transgender people undergo surgery in order to correct their birth certificates. Passage of the legislation would resolve the lawsuit in the plaintiffs’ favor.
The bill (Int. 491 (2014)), introduced by Councilmember Corey Johnson, would eliminate the surgery requirement for transgender people seeking to change the sex designation on their birth certificates, in favor of a statement from a licensed health care provider stating that the sex designation on the applicant’s current birth certificate does not match the applicant’s true sex. The Department of Health also recently proposed regulations that largely mirror the legislation.
You can read the testimony here:
- TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman
- Plaintiff Patricia Harrington
- Plaintiff Naz Seenauth
- Plaintiff Marco Wylie
The Board of Health is hearing testimony on its proposed regulations next week. TLDEF will be testifying there, too. We anticipate that the Board of Health will vote on its regulations on December 9th. No date has been set for a vote on the City Council's legislation.