Applaud Council for Protecting Transgender People

Target: D.C. Council

Goal: Commend the D.C. Council for protecting the identities of transgender individuals

Safety is something all transgender people have to worry about. Being out as transgender can become a risk when intolerant people find out. Many transgender people fall victim to physical attacks and that is why some do not like to be publicly out. In Washington D.C., transgender individuals who changed their name were required to publish their name change in a newspaper once a week for a total of three weeks.

A bill in Washington D.C. sets a new policy for transgender people and name changes. The bill allows people to change their names without having to post about it in the newspaper. This allows transgender people to not be out publicly for all to see. The bill also allows for transgender individuals no matter if they have undergone gender reassignment surgery to not have to publish a name change. A medical professional is required to give approval before sex on a birth certificate can be changed.

The D.C. Council has passed this bill and the mayor of D.C., Vince Gray, has said he plans to sign it. The bill is named after Deoni Jones, a male-to-female transgender person who was murdered in early 2012 by a train station. She was out publicly because of the policy in D.C. that required the name change to be published in a local newspaper.

This bill will help make Washington D.C. safer for the transgender community. By not being forced to be out publicly, transgender people can feel more comfortable going out in public knowing that they are free to tell who they want. Applaud the Washington D.C. Council for making the decision to protect transgender identities.


Dear D.C. Council,

It is important that the identity of transgender people be protected, especially for safety reasons. As you have seen, an outing of a transgender person can be physically dangerous for them. That was the case for Deoni Jones in Washington D.C. The new bill that is going to be signed by your mayor will greatly improve the safety of transgender identities.

The bill allows for transgender people to not have to publicly publish their name change through a local newspaper. This will give transgender people the option of choosing who they come out to. It is important that transgender people always have this option. Currently, 23 states protect transgender identities along with the federal government.

Now, thanks to the new bill you have passed, there will be less of a risk for transgender people when it comes to physical assaults. It is important that not only Washington D.C. pass laws like this to help the transgender community, but the whole country as well. Thank you for taking the initiative to prevent any other acts of hatred against transgender people and setting an example for the rest of the country. It will make a difference.


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