December 5, 2013

Transgender client of New York City's HIV/AIDS Service Administration sue after agency refused to change its records to reflect her legal name and change of gender



Transgender client of New York City's HIV/AIDS Service Administration sues after agency refused to change its records to reflect her legal name and change of gender
Doe v City of New York, 2013 NY Slip Op 23403, Supreme Court, New York County 


A transgender female client of the New York City Human Resources Administration's (HRA) HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) sued HASA after her request that HASA update its records to reflect her legal name change and change of gender information and provide her with a benefits card to reflect this was denied.

Supreme Court Judge Margaret A. Chan ruled that, accepting the allegations as true for the purposes of HASA’s motion to dismiss Doe’s action, HASA’s purposeful use of masculine pronouns in addressing plaintiff, who "presented as female" and the insistence that she sign a document with her birth name despite the court-issued name change order is laden with discriminatory intent. 

The court, rejecting HASA's motion to dismiss Doe's complaint, said that HASA employees knew of Doe's "convertive surgery" and yet did not treat her accordingly or appropriately and thus Doe has sufficiently stated a cause of action.

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2013/2013_23403.htm
 

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