2012 has been a year of great news for the community. Four states voted for marriage equality in November. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled gender identity is covered under Title VII protections. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced their new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will list gender dysphoria instead of gender identity disorder and also put out a release in support of the trans* community. But what were your favorite Exploring Gender articles of this year? (via Exploring Gender: 2012 in Review)
"A few weeks ago, I went down to the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in my city and filled out the paperwork for my name change. It was a fairly painless process, and I received the court order signed by the judge within a week and a half. But once you do have your name changed legally, how do you go about changing your documentation: your driver’s license, your bank accounts, your insurance?"
"On Wednesday, I went down to the courthouse to change my name. After all my research and apprehension, it was a very quick process. So I have written a lot about how to get your name changed. In Virginia, it is not a very hard process, most of the time not even requiring a hearing, just a signed order from a judge. Other states are more tricky. Here is a list of the laws and requirements by state.”