Texas court forbids a trans man to change gender on ID

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The court of Texas supported the lower court’s decision not to allow a transgender man to change the gender marker on the driver’s licence. Judge Martha Hill Jamison wrote that while Texas law “appears to contemplate the possibility of orders relating to gender designation,” it doesn’t provide authorization or detail procedures for such orders to be issued. She went on to say that even if the law provided for gender change orders, the petitioner had “did not present any evidence in the trial supporting the proposition that [his] current gender designation is inaccurate.”

“I’ve paid like $2,000 to still have a big fat ‘F’ on my driver’s license, despite being seen completely as a man as well as being post-operative,” said the claimant, “It’s honestly jarring and heartbreaking.”

“I don’t see anything in it that I think is going to change the status quo, because the status quo in 95 percent of the state is, they don’t do it anyway,” Katie Sprinkle, a Dallas attorney who handles identification and gender marker cases, told the Observer. “Worst-case scenario, it goes up to the Texas Supreme Court, and they just put the kibosh on everything. There are at least several hundred thousand Texans that that could seriously adversely affect.”

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