December 12th, 2006
Last month, the New York City Board of Health proposed allowing transgendered New Yorkers to change the gender listed on their birth certificate whether or not they have had “sex re-assignment” surgery. The proposal inspired much debate, and a strong backlash – and the board withdrew its proposal.
In an analysis in Slate, Yale Law School Professor Kenji Yoshino criticizes the Board of Health for a sloppy process: It “did not anticipate the wave of practical concerns that surfaced when the plan was publicized… Reservations were also voiced by institutions like hospitals, jails, and schools, which routinely segregate according to sex…. If transgender people ever win more discretion over their own self-definition, it will be because the countervailing considerations have been overcome rather than ignored. In failing to consider those interests, the board failed the group it was ostensibly seeking to protect.”By Jonathan Mandell on December 12, 2006, 8:49 am
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