Filipino Transgender Woman Denied Documents Change

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The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Oct. 24 that a woman who had a sex-change operation cannot change her name and sex on her civil-registry record.


Rommel Jacinto Dantes Silverio wanted to change her name to Mely, identify her gender as female and marry her boyfriend.

The court said Silverio “succeeded in altering his body and appearance through the intervention of modern surgery [but] no law authorizes the change of entry as to sex in the civil registry for that reason.”

The court acknowledged, however, “that there are people whose preferences and orientation do not fit neatly into the commonly recognized parameters of social convention and that, at least for them, life is indeed an ordeal.”

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