Advocates for Transgender Equality Filed a Lawsuit to Challenge Ohio’s Birth Certificate Policy

Aaron Eckhardt - Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
(614) 294-7867 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org

COLUMBUS — Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal announced a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s refusal to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates, for any reason, at any time.


“It is unconscionable that Ohio continues to deny this basic right to transgender people. Without a birth certificate that aligns with who they are, our transgender citizens from Ohio are at risk of being outed and are more vulnerable to violence. It is time for Ohio to join the vast majority of states that recognize the cruelty of withholding something so vital to a person’s identity. I believe the people of Ohio are better than this and will support this change in the law.”, Says Debé Turnbull, Board president for BRAVO.


Ohio is just one of three states, the others being Tennessee and Kansas, to have this extremely outdated policy. A similar policy in Idaho was recently struck down by a federal judge.


“To not afford transgender individuals this simple act of dignity and respect is disheartening and discriminatory. Additionally, the fact that in our state, transgender individuals cannot obtain birth certificates with their correct gender marker is completely unacceptable.”, Said Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director of BRAVO.


The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. BRAVO is in complete support of the ACLU of Ohio in their efforts to protect and expand LGBTQ rights.


BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free at 866-86-BRAVO or visit our website at http://www.bravo-ohio.org. To learn more about our statewide advocacy, survivor services, receive trainings, and/or support, contact BRAVO. For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please visit www.ncavp.org.


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BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities


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