Transgender Mexican Citizen Sues Indiana To Change Name To Match Gender Identity

first_imgTransgender Mexican Citizen Sues Indiana To Change Name To Match Gender IdentityOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.com A transgender Mexican man with asylum in the United States is suing the state of Indiana for a law that prohibits him from legally changing his name to match his gender identity as a man.The plaintiff, John Doe, formerly and legally known as Jane Doe, filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Tuesday over a state law that bars him from legally changing his name from “Jane” to “John” because he is not a naturalized U.S. citizen. Doe has also filed a motion to move through the legal proceedings anonymously.Doe, 31, who was born female but now identifies as a male, moved from Mexico to Indiana with his family in 1990 and has lived here ever since.  He told his family in 2012 that he was transgender and identified as a man, and subsequently began using the name John.Although Doe states in court documents that his family accepts him as a man, the United States granted him asylum from Mexico in August 2015 because he would be persecuted for being transgender in his native country. Doe’s court filing says he will apply for permanent U.S. residency this month, but will have to wait at least six years before becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.Doe wrote in the court filing that he is recognized as male on all official U.S. documents, including his Indiana I.D. and his immigration documents, which both show the gender marker “M.” However, his name is still listed as Jane on those documents, a fact that he wants to change but cannot do so unless he legally changes his name from Jane to John.  Under Indiana House Bill 1047, which was passed and added to the state code in 2010, a person must prove that they are a legal U.S. citizen when seeking a legal name change.Doe alleges that the language in that portion of the Indiana Code — which prohibits him from legally changing his name for at least six years while his naturalization is pending — violates his First Amendment right to free speech and his 14th Amendment due process rights to liberty and privacy with respect to personal information. Being forced to legally use a traditionally female name has resulted in heightened symptoms of anxiety and gender dysphoria, he said.“Mr. Does’ inability to change his legal name and update his I.D. has caused him serious emotional distress and difficulty in his day-to-day activities every time he is required to present his government-issued I.D.,” Doe’s counsel wrote in Tuesday’s filing.According to court documents, Doe was aware that he did not feel like a girl at a young age, but was not diagnosed with gender dysphoria until 2010. With the help of a licensed mental health clinician, the plaintiff says he has been following a treatment plan for his condition, including a gender-affirming surgery. Part of the treatment also includes living in accordance with his gender identity in all respects, including the use of a male name and pronouns.The law that prohibits Doe from legally changing his name from Jane to John has inhibited his ability to freely and fully live in accordance with his gender identity, he said.In 2011, Doe was pulled over for a traffic violation and was asked to provide his state-issued I.D. When the officer saw that Doe’s name was listed as Jane, he did not believe the I.D. belonged to Doe and threatened to take him to jail.Doe then produced a letter from his therapist explaining his transgender status, and although the officer seemed to believe him, the plaintiff wrote that the officer said Doe’s “weird situation” was annoying. Doe did not have a valid driver’s license at that time, so he called his now-wife to pick him up. When she arrived, Doe said the officer told her, “You can take ‘I-don’t-know-what-it-is’ with you.”In another incident in 2013, Doe said he went to the emergency room and was asked to show his I.D. When he did so, Doe wrote that the nurses were initially confused, then later began to ridicule him when they realized he was a transgender man.Also in 2013, Doe was asked to show his I.D. when he ordered a drink at a family celebration at a restaurant. According to the court documents, the waiter laughed and asked why his name was listed as Jane, putting the celebration on hold while his family and friends tried to convince the waiter that the I.D. was actually his.These situations, and others, have caused Doe “significant psychological distress, anxiety, and dysphoria,” his counsel wrote. Further, they wrote that although Doe has never been subject to a physical attack because of his transgender status, he lives in constant fear of physical danger.Unless he is asked for his I.D., which lists his name as Jane, Doe said he is generally not recognized as transgender. Thus, he alleges that the Indiana law requiring U.S. citizenship for a legal name change is one of the last remaining things that prohibit him from living fully in his gender identity.Further, Doe wrote that being forced to legally identify as Jane violates his equal protection right, his right to liberty regarding personal decision and his right to privacy regarding personal decisions under the 14th Amendment, as well as his rights to express his name and gender in accordance with his gender identity as free speech under the First Amendment.His suit seeks declaratory judgment of the violation of his Constitutional rights, as well as an injunction permanently barring enforcement of the Indiana law preventing non-citizens from legally changing their names.In a statement through his office, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who is named as a defendant in the case along with Gov. Mike Pence and Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge, said he plans to file a response to Doe’s complaint. He also noted that the burden of proof in this case would be on Doe, not the state.“As state government’s lawyer, the Attorney General’s office is obligated to represent state government officials and agencies and defend the statutes the legislature has passed,” Monica Hernandez Billman, spokeswoman for Zoeller, said.The case is John Doe, formerly known as Jane Doe v. Michael Pence, et al., 1:16-cv-02431. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani set to go ‘full gorilla’ in next bullpen session

first_imgScioscia described Friday’s throwing session as “touch and feel.”He said Sunday’s workout would be “full gorilla.”Longtime Angels beat reporters laughed as translator Grace McNamee did a double-take and asked for clarification on the term. Scioscia then had to explain that “full gorilla” was a phrase he uses to describe a more vigorous workout than the less strenuous “touch and feel” session.Scioscia said he first heard the term while he was a catcher in the Dodgers’ organization in the 1970s and ’80s, although managers such as Dave Roberts, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Grady Little and Jim Tracy did not use it to the best recollection of a couple of local writers.Several of the Japanese-speaking reporters had to be reassured that Scioscia was not joking. Scioscia did his best (worst?) imitation of a gorilla, complete with noises. ANAHEIM – Lost in translation? Explaining why he scratched Shohei Ohtani from the Angels’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants proved to be far easier for Manager Mike Scioscia than describing his oft-used phrase “full gorilla” to a gaggle of Japanese-speaking reporters.Scioscia said he sat Ohtani because he wished to shuffle the deck after the Angels lost four consecutive games, their first losing streak of the season. He wanted get Chris Young, Jefry Marte and Rene Rivera, each of whom was hitting .300 or better, into the lineup.Left unsaid was that the left-handed hitting Ohtani struggled Thursday against Boston Red Sox’s lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, when the 23-year-old rookie from Japan went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts overall.Ohtani came through his light bullpen session Friday without aggravating the blister on his right middle finger that forced him from Tuesday’s start against the Red Sox after two innings. He’s scheduled to throw another one Sunday and if that goes well he’s expected to start Tuesday in Houston. “That’s a term we use in the United States, meaning you go as hard as you can,” he said. “You’re throwing 100 percent. We call it ‘full gorilla.’ We have stages. There’s varying degrees of what a pitcher will do depending on what he’s trying to accomplish..”STARTING PITCHING WOESThe Angels designated right-hander Luke Bard for assignment and recalled righty Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake as they attempted to bolster their overworked bullpen. They needed a fresh arm, so Paredes got the call.They’ll need to make another move to clear a roster spot for Jaime Barria, who is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against the Giants. Barria won his first fill-in start, beating the Texas Rangers in his major league debut April 11. He was sent back to Triple-A immediately after the game.Angels starters have struggled, the team’s 13-7 record to start the season notwithstanding.It’s concerning for Scioscia.“For us to be where we are with only four quality starts from the beginning of the season until now and averaging just 13 outs from our starting pitchers, you put all that together and it’s remarkable we have the record we do,” he said. “We have to get better.”So far, the Angels haven’t used the six-man rotation they expected to deploy coming out of spring training. They have kept an extra reliever stashed in their bullpen because their starters haven’t pitched deep enough into games consistently enough in 2018.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tkatchenko steps in with 200 000 for FORU Cup

first_imgTkatchenko intervened after desperate pleas from the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) on the eve of the Oceania Rugby Nation’s Cup which starts tomorrow.And he expressed disappointment at the PNGRFU’s preparations towards running the event.“This tournament is about our standing on the regional and world stage in Rugby Union, and the PNGRFU cannot afford to show false cause and leisurely go about its preparations as has clearly been the case.”“As a government, we are willing to help but we cannot do that if we are not aware of plans, programmes and their goals just like this tournament.”“What has transpired is the inefficiency and incompetency of the current executive. The welfare of the players and the game are our concern and if the PNGRFU as the stakeholder cannot do the right thing by them, that is a great concern,”  said Tkatchenko.Of the funding, 150 000 will go towards Television Broadcast and live streaming on the International Rugby Board (IRB) site.50 000 kina will take care  of the accommodation for the three visiting countries- American Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tahiti.last_img read more