Nevada proposing new gender-identity name change law


Transgender witnesses told a legislative panel Tuesday that a requirement to publish their new and original names in a newspaper as part of a legal name change exposes them to discrimination and threats.

The speakers testified in support of Senate Bill 110, which would waive the publication requirement if the reason for the change is to conform a name with an individual’s gender identity.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, and cosigned by many other lawmakers, was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which took no immediate action on the measure.

Parks quoted one bit of testimony from the Libertarian Party that described the name change requirement as “needlessly painful.”

Transgender witnesses said the issue is one of personal safety.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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