The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), in conjunction with a coalition that includes the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Empire State Pride Agenda among others, has announced that the State of New York now requires only an affidavit from a licensed healthcare provider that indicates a transgender individual has received clinical treatment in order to correct birth certificates. The City of New York has yet to follow suit.
We previously shared with you a video about Ryland, the six-year-old transgender boy whose heartwarming story of transition and acceptance was documented in a viral video with upwards of five million views and climbing. Ryland Whittington and his family have received praise and support online.
Bryan John Ellicott, a city employee for the Office of Emergency Management and a 24-year-old transgender man, is suing New York City after three Parks Department employees allegedly discriminated against him because of his gender identity on July 21 last year.
Conservative activists, led by Delegate Neil C. Parrott, collected more than 17,500 valid signatures from Marylanders to repeal a new Maryland law giving legal protection to transgender individuals, falling 1,000 short of their first deadline.