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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against a number of state officials in an effort to force the Licensing Bureau of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to allow residents with gender dysphoria to be able to change their driver’s license to the opposite sex without having a “sex-change” operation.
“Defendants are responsible for the establishment and enforcement of a policy that prevents transgender people in Alabama from obtaining a driver license that reflects their gender, unless they undergo surgical procedures and disclose information about those procedures to the government,” the complaint reads. “Under the policy, proof of surgery is required for an accurate driver license regardless of whether the surgery is necessary, desired, safe, or within the financial means of the individual.”
The organization filed the challenge on behalf of two men who identify as women, and one man who identifies as a woman, who state that they have not been permitted to change their licenses without providing proof of surgery. It acknowledged that gender dysphoria is a medical condition and that standard treatments “do not ‘change’ a person’s gender.”
“Instead, it brings a person’s social interactions, appearance, and body into greater alignment with the person’s already-existing gender identity, which helps to alleviate the distress associated with gender dysphoria,” the lawsuit states.
However, the ACLU contends that even though hormone treatments, changes in appearance and surgery do not actually change the person’s sex, requiring those with
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