Patricia Harrington was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is a transgender woman, meaning she was raised male but knew from a young age that that didn’t quite fit, and so she transitioned to live every day as the woman she has long known herself to be. In 2011 Patricia sought to amend her birth certificate to reflect that she is a woman. 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. Patricia 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.
“It’s been a long journey for me to be able to be myself and not worry about what other people think,” Patricia said. “While I’m proud to be a transgender woman, I should be able to live my life just like everyone else and not have to face these challenges for the rest of my life. I transitioned 13 years ago, but incidents like this bring back all the memories of continually being told there’s something wrong with who I am. There’s nothing wrong with who I am, and I would just like my Birth Certificate to reflect that.”