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Nevada bill to let trans people change names privately passes unanimously

Joseph McCormick May 16, 2017
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A bill which will allow transgender people to legally change names without declaring it in a newspaper has passed in Nevada’s assembly.

The bill had already passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote and has now passed in the Assembly.

It will now to go to Gover Brian Sandoval for his signature.


Senate Bill 110 will remove the requirement for the dead name and new legal name to be published in a newspaper if the reason is to confirm the gender identity of an individual.

Supporters of the bill called the requirement to publish the old and new names in a newspaper outdated.

They also said it was an invasion of privacy.

“All transgender people have an increased risk of being the victim of violence and discrimination when their identities are exposed, and are faced with a personal safety risk with [the] publication of a name change,” said Brooke Maylath of Reno at a February hearing.

“It is a matter of life and death to protect ourselves.”

An out gay legislator in the state of Nevada wants to ban licensed therapists from ‘gay cure’ therapy.

Five US states have already banned the practice, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.

Cincinnati, Ohio is the only other city to specifically ban the practice, joined by Seattle in November 2016.

Hawaii also introduced legislation to ban the practice in 2016.

The controversial practice seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual.

It has been widely disproven, particularly by most major medical bodies. The American Psychological Association has stated that the practice can be damaging, and can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.

Lawyers from the Liberty Counsel, who defended Kim Davis the clerk who refused to marry gay couples, said they would sue Palm Springs if the county moves to ban gay ‘cure’ therapies.

The Nevada Governor has also signed a bill into law which allows foster kids to choose their own gender.

More: Las Vegas, name change, nevada, Trans, Transgender, US

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