Oklahoma appeals court orders name change in transgender case

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ordered a name change in a transgender case to an applicant who had gender reassignment surgery last December to switch from a man to a woman.
by Nolan Clay Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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“The law does not require males be given traditionally male names, or females traditionally female names, by their parents at birth. Additionally, there are numerous gender-androgynous names.

“The relevant issue in a name change proceeding is not whether the applicant's DNA corresponds with the traditionally male or female name preferred by the applicant. The statute does not change the sex of the applicant, only the applicant's name.”

Most Oklahoma County district judges routinely grant name changes in transgender cases.

“It's an inconvenience when you have a driver's license that has your female picture and the name is still Steven,” Harvey said. “It's just a sad thing when there's somebody like Judge Graves in the system.”

Harvey reported spending more than $18,000 in legal fees to challenge the judge's denial.

“I guess the guy gets his name changed,” the judge told The Oklahoman.

Other name case

The judge in August also denied a name change in another transgender case. The judge refused to let James Dean Ingram, 30, of Oklahoma City, switch to the name Angela Renee Ingram. The judge told Ingram, “You can't change what God gave you.”

Ingram also has appealed the judge's denial.

Ingram dresses in women's clothes and takes hormones that have produced physical changes but has not had surgery yet.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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