A Mexico City law is giving transgender people a chance to change their names and gender in public records, as Obama administration condemns 'conversion' therapies. Julie Noce reports.
Groups of transgender people in Mexico City flocked to the Civil Registry offices to do something they've wanted to do for a long time... legally change their names and genders. In a landmark law passed last November, the city is now allowing transgender people to change their gender and names on public records without a court order. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TRANSGENDER WOMAN, ARIEL AGUILAR, SAYING: "My appearance is nearly like that of a woman so I go unnoticed. I can lead a normal life like a woman. The only detail were my legal papers. I can't imagine giving my original name, at banks for example and then they stare at you asking: 'Your papers?' and I say: 'Well, there they are.' But with this change, everything is easier and it gives you more security." Mexico's laws went into affect the same day the White House released a statement condemning the use of psychiatric therapies to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. A petition calling for Obama to make the so-called conversion therapies illegal gathered 120,000 signatures.