The Associated Press reported on the consent decree in Grey v. Hasbrouck, which ensures transgender Illinoisans can obtain birth certificates that reflect their current gender from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The agreement reached in July was officially approved this week by Cook County Judge Michael Hyman. The AP quoted John Knight, LGBT and HIV Project Director and lead attorney in the case:
"It is critical that our clients and others are able to get birth certificates that accurately reflect who they are without being required to undergo costly surgery that they may not want or need," said John Knight, director of the Illinois ACLU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project. "The state never should have involved itself in these private decisions about medical care."