Trans people say Alabama license policy puts them at risk

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ATLANTA (AP) – Federal judges last week heard arguments in a challenge to Alabama’s policy requiring a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change the sex listed on their driver’s license.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson last year ruled that the policy is unconstitutional.

The state is appealing. Gabriel Arkles, senior counsel at Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, told the court that Alabama is one of only a few states that require transgender residents to undergo surgery to get a license that they can safely use.

Three transgender women challenged the policy after being told their licenses must reflect they are men.

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3/19/2022 12:01:24 PM (GMT -5:00)

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