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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 04:59 AM

Oregon bill would help transgender residents change vital records to reflect new name, gender

Transgender residents want the Oregon Legislature to make it easier for them to change their names and gender designations on vital records.

In written and oral testimony at a committee hearing Monday, more than a dozen people described their challenges with the state’s current statute, which requires a legal petition that must be publicly posted in a county courthouse.

“I have feared for my safety because I am transgender, so as you can imagine having to go into a government building where my old feminine sounding name would be publicly announced and posted is prohibitive,” North Portland resident J Gibbons said.

The court process also is inconsistent from county to county and can be costly and hard to navigate, according to Basic Rights Oregon, which requested the legislation.

Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/27/oregon-bill-would-help-transgender-residents-change-vital-records-reflect-new-name-gender/98498396/

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