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NYC Councilman Corey Johnson Introduces Groundbreaking Transgender Birth Certificate Legislation

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A bill introduced yesterday by New York City councilman and LGBT rights activist Corey Johnson aims to change the law under which transgender people wishing to change sex on their birth certificate must prove that they have had “corrective surgery,” reports Capital New York.

The Department of Health will propose new regulations mirroring Johnson's legislation.

Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday that will make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain a birth certificate with sex and name alterations

New York City law currently requires anyone wishing to change their birth certificate to undergo surgery. However, under the proposed change, transgender people would only be required to provide a signed form from a physician, a doctoral level psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, marriage family therapist, mental health counsellor or a midwife.

According to advocates, although New York City in 1971 became the first municipality to permit changes to a birth certificate for transgender people, the policy has not been updated and now stands as too restrictive.

Johnson - a former political editor for Towleroad - said that the change is a human rights issue and is necessary “because transgender people currently do not have accurate documents to be able to access basic things like a driver's license that matches who they are.”

Michael Silverman, Executive Director of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, said:

“We applaud both of these efforts to help transgender people born in New York City update their birth certificates to match who they truly are. These proposed policy changes reflect modern medical standards for transgender health care.

"A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. Yet New York City’s existing policy makes it all but impossible for transgender people to get birth certificates that reflect their true identities. It requires surgical procedures that most transgender people have not undergone, either because of discriminatory health insurance exclusions that make such procedures unaffordable, or because such procedures are medically inappropriate for some people.”


ESPN Revisits Story of NYC Councilman Corey Johnson, Who Came Out to His Football Team at 17: VIDEO

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Over the weekend, ESPN's Outside the Lines revisited the story of Corey Johnson. Some of you may recognize him from his one-time position here at Towleroad working on political interviews and other stories (he even interviewed Lady Gaga at the National Equality March). Others may know him as your NYC City Councilman. To some, this might be the first you're hearing of him.

In any case, Corey was the captain of his football team in high school 15 years ago in a town outside of Boston, and he did something which no one in the U.S. had done up to that point. He came out of the closet to his team, making national headlines by doing so.

Watch ESPN's segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Corey Johnson to Introduce NYC High-Rise Fire Safety Bill

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NYC City Councilman Corey Johnson plans to introduce a bill that would implement new fire safety measures in high-rises, following the death last week of Daniel McClung (left). McClung's husband Michael Todd Cohen remains hospitalized.

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Manhattan Councilman Corey Johnson is expected to announce the legislation later this morning, according to his chief of staff Jeffrey LeFrancois. The law would ensure that first responders and building management are able to communicate with residents in emergencies.

The bill arose out of a petition started by the couple's friend Javier Morgado last week.


Christine Quinn, Corey Johnson and Identity Voting in the NYC Primary Election

By ARI EZRA WALDMAN

QuinnChristine Quinn lost in dramatic fashion in yesterday's New York City Democratic primary. She is an out lesbian, with a record of accomplishment. By virtue of her position as City Council Speaker, sometimes those accomplishments involveed working with Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who was almost universally disliked among Democratic primary voters in the City (though certainly not disliked by all Democrats, in general). Ms. Quinn would have been the first woman and first member of the LGBT community to run NYC. She had also been the front runner for 11 of the 12 months preceding the election. Unfortunately, only the last day matters.

How did this happen?

The evidence suggests that this election represents the best and worst of the political side of the gay community. First, the worst. Our collective liberalism can, at times, be self-defeating: the liberal purity coming from the mouths of anti-Quinn LGBTs reminded me of the conservative purity of the Tea Party. Yesterday, we "ate our own," some are saying.

But, did we?

Now, the best. Ms. Quinn would have been a great Democratic nominee and a great mayor. But yesterday's election proved that being a woman or being gay is not enough for voters to gloss over certain policy and personality deficits they have with a candidate. And that's a sign of remarkable progress.

In a world where the LGBT community is under attack, hated, victimized and alone, we have to look to our own. In that case, when one candidate wants to suppress us and the other one is us, identity matters. When you're given a choice between a free trip to Mykonos and a two-night stay in a Moscow prison, you choose Mykonos. Plus, the symbolic value for women and gays of having Ms. Quinn helm this city would have been unmistakable and enormous. But the symbolism was not enough. When the choice is between Maui, Hawaii and Bali, Indonesia, the decision is tougher. When the choice is between a 100-percent pro-LGBT equality candidate and a 100-percent pro-LGBT equality who actually happens to be gay, other things -- their policies on stop-and-frisk, their personalities, their campaign tactics, their plans to raise (or lower) taxes -- become more important.

That's what happened yesterday. The newly minted Democratic nominee for NYC Mayor, Bill De Blasio, is an amiable, pro-equality (and very tall!) man who will be an ally to the LGBT and HIV-positive communities in New York. Ms. Quinn could not capitalize on her identity because, in 2013 in New York City, identity doesn't matter. She needed to do more to prove to voters that she was the best candidate, not just the one that looked like them.

As a community, we have arrived. Ms. Quinn's campaign missed the boat.

CONTINUED, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Corey Johnson Declares Victory in NYC City Council Race

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Community and LGBT activist (and former political editor for Towleroad) Corey Johnson has declared victory his NYC District 3 City Council primary race. Johnson will take the seat vacated by Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a district that counts Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and the West Village among its neighborhoods.

Tweeted Johnson: "WE WON!! IT'S OVER!! THANK YOU ALL!!"

NycA NY Times report on the vote tally showed Johnson with 60% over opponent Yetta Kurland at 39% with 99% of voting areas reporting. Kurland, a civil rights lawyer, is also openly gay.

Bill de Blasio took a wide lead in New York City's Democratic mayoral primary tonight, poised to beat out eight other contenders, including William Thompson and Quinn, who had hoped to be NYC's first woman and first openly gay mayor. It was unclear if De Blasio would have the 40% needed to avoid a run-off with the runner-up.

In other City Council races, transgender candidate Mel Wymore came in behind Helen Rosenthal in District 6 with 22% of the vote to Rosenthal's 27%, and Carlos Menchaca won his race in Brooklyn's District 38 by 57% to 42% over his opponent Sara Gonzalez.

In the NYC's Comptroller race, Scott Stringer beat Eliot Spitzer by 51.8% to 48.2%.


Pulling for Corey

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Corey Johnson, a former political editor for Towleroad, is on the ballot today in NYC for City Council in District 3 in Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West Village. I'll be pulling the lever for Corey, as he'll make a tremendous addition to city government.

I encourage you to get out there and vote.


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