Transgender Reversal
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 on December 12, 2006, 8:49 am
In category: Civil Rights,Demographics,Gotham City,Health | 8 Comments »

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8 Responses to “Transgender Reversal”

  1. Jay Kallio Says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 5:55 am

    Institutions such as hospitals, schools, and jails have weathered far greater challenges than the occasional transgender person who has entered their premises and deserves to be treated as a person with full and equal civil rights. Transgender persons face daily danger of violence, denial of services and facilities, and stigmatization, as well as false accusations by law enforcement that they are committing fraud or other self misrepresentation when it is discovered that our identification does not match our daily gender presentation. Public policy that actively damages a minority group must be changed before more damage is done, and institutions must design non-discriminatory procedures that maintain the safety and security of all parties, not just those they are more comfortable with.

    The requirement by law that someone must have a knife taken to their genitals and breasts in order to qualify for a birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender identity is barbaric, and change is long overdue.

  2. Fred Smith Says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 7:05 am

    They undergo this surgery because they need to correct thier physical body for their own personal comfort.

    They don’t want the genitals/breasts etc. That’s the ONLY reason why they undergo surgery.

    Nothing to do with the law.

  3. Brianna Austin Says:
    December 13th, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    The greatest difficulty in any issue regarding transgender people is that now single solution exists. Trans people are as diverse as society itself, and as such they don’t all fit into the same box. Moreover, being transgender doesn’t make someone an expert of what being transgender is, it only makes them an expert on their personal experiences.The modivations of each are different, as are their goals.

    Fred Smith indicates that being transgender has nothing to do with the law, when in fact, it has everything to do with the law. But then he would have to know the history being trans, the violence and discrimination they have encountered to have only the slightest glimpse of the road they walk.

  4. Fran Tite Says:
    December 14th, 2006 at 10:47 am

    When will we all realize that Transgendered people are PEOPLE….. Let’s quit treating them like they are twisted criminal perverts. Let’s realize that gender has nothing to do with what’s between your legs.
    Like all things, it’s what’s between your ears that define who we are. I applaud Dr. Frieden for even considering a more modern plan for gender identification. It’s about time that we broke away from the past and it’s archaic attitudes regarding gender. I can certainly understand some of the reasons for the Federal Government’s Security Policies regarding identification, but on the other hand, have they considered that once a person changes his gender identification on their license they could be pretty much stuck with it. The difference being that it was their choice.

    So let’s see, instead of the looking for a bearded guy named Abdul-Salaam, Federal Security will be looking for an ugly veiled woman named Aisha. So what’s the problem?

    Let people identify as whoever they want to be. Maybe there should be a policy that once you change your gender identification your stuck with it for let’s say 10 – 15 years.

    People would have to realize that they are making a long term commitment.

    So Bill your now Kathy.
    And if Bill decides that he still wants to sport a beard and chew onions, it will make it all the much easier for Federal Security to spot a bearded guy with bad breath named Kathy.

    So tell me again, what exactly is the problem? Frankly, and I don’t mean to call you Frank, I don’t see all that much of a problem here.

    Let’s make it easier for people to be who they want to be. PLAN A was great one.
    PLAN B just doesn’t cut it anymore.

    It truly is time for a change and YES, I applaud Dr. Frieden for trying.


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    June 29th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Your scripture is outrageous. What are you saying?

  7. Taunya Vyas Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Naughty transsexuals such as the types you write about deserves all of our attentions and some much more submit from you !

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