We are happy to announce favorable decisions for two transgender women seeking name changes in North Carolina. Síle Kelleher and Hadassah Chayim had been denied the modification because they had previously changed their names. Under a provision of North Carolina law dating from 1891, individuals may only change their name once for reasons outside of marriage and divorce, or if they are reverting to their original name.
In the first case, TLDEF won a name change for Síle Kelleher. Ms. Kelleher had been prevented from changing her male birth name to Síle, a traditional... more