A transgender teen from Ithaca who cannot change the gender listed on his birth certificate has sued New York State.
The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit filed in federal court in Albany argues that transgender minors should have the ability to correct their New York state birth certificates, something that underage individuals with documents issued in New York City and some other states can already do.
The state has already broadened who can change the sex listed on their birth certificates.
The 14-year-old was born in Ithaca and was listed as a female at birth. The lawsuit was brought by Lambda Legal. The teen was not identified in court documents.
“This is really just wanting for our son the same recognition that any other kid has, that most kids just take for granted, that most parents take for granted,” co-plaintiff Michael Sicinski, the boy’s father, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
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