Doctor’s Note Required to Skip School, Change FTM’s Name

“Olin Winn-Ritzenberg is a transgendered man who believes that Olin, his father’s middle name, better reflects his masculine identity than the female name he was given at birth. But when he filed a petition for a legal name change in New York City Civil Court, he was told he needed medical certification that a name change was necessary. Name change petitions are generally pro forma, and Winn-Ritzenberg is unhappy that, because of his identity as a transgendered man, the court is imposing a demeaning requirement on him. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund says that it runs across this sort of problem often in its Name Change Project, which offers free advice to trans folks looking to get their identity records in proper order.” [GCN]