Joann Prinzivalli is a transgender woman living in New York. In 2011 she sought to amend her birth certificate to reflect that she now lives as the woman she has long known herself to be, despite being raised male. At the time, New York state required that a transgender person undergo gender confirmation surgery before receiving an amended birth certificate, an outwardly discriminatory requirement. Joann joined several other transgender individuals in a lawsuit against the city filed by TLDEF, and in 2014, New York City Council passed legislation that removed the surgical requirement.
“My birth certificate was incorrect when it was filled out,” Joann said. “The old policy was unfair to me and to other transgender people who just want ID that reflects who we are. I am extremely relieved and grateful for the City’s action.”