New law reducing risk of being ‘outed’ during name change process signed by Calif. Gov. Brown

jerrybrownTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — California’s Gov. Jerry Brown streamlined the name change process for transgender Californians by signing into law a bill that eliminates the need for a court-ordered public hearing prior to making such a change.

Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, brought the bill to the floor of the California Assembly with support from the Transgender Law Center and Equality California. Trans people’s concerns about being publicly outed under the previous name change system prompted this group to take legislative action.


What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. I expect legislation like this to eventually make its way across the country, ridding archaic name change processes that may still exist in other states.

Previously Gov. Brown signed a K-12 equality bill:

Other LGBT-related legislation signed by Gov. Brown this week:



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3 replies

  1. That’s all well and good, but the real monster is still Experion and other credit rating agencies. Their credit records will reveal the name change info linked to your social security number to any of their clients which include employer personnel staff who systematically use them to search job applicants they’re interested in hiring. I know this because I was outed to an AT&T Cingular sales rep who searched me out on the spot while I was applying for a cell phone. I had to show them my Name Change Court Order in order to complete the sales transaction. The sales rep was visibly shocked when he discovered my name change on the credit report. How did the credit report folks know about my name change? Simple, they learned of it when I changed my name on my credit cards, bank loans and bank accounts.

  2. I was outed the same way. Via a credit report. Except this time it was for an apartment rental. Which I was told it was mine then taken away once the landlord found out I was trans.

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