Nevada bill to allow trans people to change names privately is passed

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Exterior photo of the November 11, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A bill which will allow transgender people to legally change names without declaring it in a newspaper has passed in Nevada’s assembly in an unanonimous vote. Now everything depends on the governor Brian Sandoval who is to sign a bill into law. “All transgender people have an increased risk of being the victim of violence and discrimination when their identities are exposed, and are faced with a personal safety risk with [the] publication of a name change,” said Brooke Maylath of Reno at a February hearing, “It is a matter of life and death to protect ourselves.” Senate Bill 110 will remove the requirement for the dead name and new legal name to be published in a newspaper if the reason is to confirm the gender identity of an individual. Supporters of the bill called the requirement to publish the old and new names in a newspaper outdated.

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