Puerto Rico allowed to change gender in birth certificates


A federal lawsuit has been filed against Puerto Rico aimed to push the country in allowing trans citizens to change the gender in birth certificates.The lawsuit, filed by Lambda Legal, states that the country’s policy which doesn’t allow trans people to alter their birth certificates does not belong to this law, in fact belonging to First Amendment rights to free speech. At the same time, a group of trans activists staged a protest against an anti-trans bill being heard in the Senate. It would scrap the rights of trans people to use bathrooms and choose gendered uniforms which match their gender identity. Last year the country erected the first LGBT monument to the victims of the massacre in Orlando. Back in 2015, Puerto Rico’s Education Minister announced changes to a school uniform code that lets boys wear skirts. A federal court back in 2016 smacked down a judge who tried to re-enforce a ban on same-sex marriage in spite of the Supreme Court ruling.


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