July 11, 2013

Amid today's legislative avalanche, the D.C. Council gave its final approval to a bill that protects the identities of transgender residents who undergo gender transitions. The Council included in its consent agenda the second reading of the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act, a bill that activists have sought in order to make the District a bit safer for transgender people.

Pending a signature by Mayor Vince Gray, who has said he supports the bill, D.C. law requires people who have their names legally changed to publish notices in a local newspaper once a week for three weeks after the procedure. But for transgender people, posting such a public notice can lead to an inadvertent outing.