The Windy City Times discussed developments in our case, Grey v. Hasbrouck, which sought access to ensure that transgender transgender individuals can receive new birth certificates that reflect their correct gender. Cook County Judge Michael Hyman approved the agreement, which will allow individuals to change the gender on their Illinois birth certificate without being required to undergo genital surgery. The article points out that while the new policy does not mandate genital surgery, there is a requirement that individuals prove some form of surgery related to their gender transition. The reporter spoke with ACLU of Illinois' LGBT and HIV Project Director John Knight:
Knight said that while the final agreement is an important first step, ACLU will likely push for a better rule.
"I think we will look at a way to either persuade the legislature or go back to court at some point, asking that the surgical requirement be removed completely," Knight said.