THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Flying almost under the radar last week in the midst of headlines of attacks on numerous trans women in the city, the Washington DC Council unanimously approved a simplified process of changing gender markers on birth certificates.
The amendment, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act of 2013, was named after Deoni Jones, a DC trans woman who was murdered in 2012. Both the DC Trans Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Transgender Civil Rights Project had a hand in getting this enacted.
There is one more vote before final approval then the mayor needs to sign off on it, but signs indicate it is on way to becoming law and likely will take effect this fall.
More on the murder of Deoni Jones: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/trans-woman-stabbed-to-death-in-dc-during-a-bus-stop-altercation/
More on the DC equality amendment: D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Birth-Certificate Bill :: EDGE Boston.
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/