Court: State must amend FL transgender teen’s birth certificate


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida health officials say they will not fight a judge’s order that would change the gender on a transgender teen’s birth certificate from female to male.

The Department of Health told the Miami Herald that it will comply with Leon Circuit Judge Karen Gievers’ order to change the marker on the 15-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident’s birth certificate.

The department routinely makes the change for adults who have transitioned from one sex to the other but says it asked for guidance from the judge because the applicant is a minor and has not undergone reassignment surgery.

The teen’s parents had asked that the change be made. The family’s name has been sealed by the court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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