UPDATE: September 12, 2019.
The Court ruled that the lawsuit can proceed! The Defendants (Ohio government) had filed a Motion to Dismiss, asking the Court to throw out our lawsuit, and today the Court denied that Motion to Dismiss.
Noting that Ohio is an extreme outlier—1 of only 2 states that does not permit trans individuals to correct their birth certificates—the Court found that Ohio’s continued refusal violates our clients’ right to live lives without fear of exposure to discrimination, harassment, or violence.
Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) is in the midst of adopting comprehensive reforms, as required by a federal consent decree. While not specifically required by the consent decree, at the urging of ACLU of Ohio, Equality Ohio, Trans Ohio, and the Cleveland Community Police Commission, CDP has agreed to create a policy that will instruct officers on best practices for interacting with individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming.