Ohio Birth Certificate Questionnaire
As you may know, Ohio is one of only four states, plus Puerto Rico, that completely refuses to change the gender marker on birth certificates for transgender individuals. We at the ACLU of Ohio and Lambda Legal have been working closely with our partners at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), TransOhio, Equality Ohio, Margie’s Hope, and Equitas Health to change this discriminatory policy.
The most important thing we need right now is stories from people who have been directly harmed by this policy. Any information you choose to share with us will remain confidential between ACLU and Lambda Legal’s legal staff.
The law is slow to catch up with society’s needs. Although we believe that Ohio’s birth certificate policy is discriminatory, current law simply fails to provide recourse for the emotional and mental anguish this policy causes. That’s why we must gather reports of very precise instances in which having to show your incorrect birth certificate compromised your safety or caused you a specific loss (e.g., caused you to be rejected for employment) or harm (e.g., cost you money or significant inconvenience).
Please answer the following questions in as much detail as possible. We will not share any of your information without your consent.
This is not an offer of legal assistance, just a request for information. We will contact you only if we need to follow up with you.
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ACLU of Ohio
c/o Legal Department
4506 Chester Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103Lambda Legal
Legal Help Desk
105 W. Adams St., Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60603