Idaho, USA: Two Steps Forward on LGBT Rights?

Written by scott on April 26th, 2013

IdahoTwo new stories out of Idaho today. In the first, the Idaho Transportation Department has made it a little easier for transgender citizens to change their gender on drivers licenses and state IDs. Dot429 reports:

The Idaho Transportation Department has amended its requirements for transgender people seeking to change the gender marker on state identification and driver’s licenses, removing the condition that applicants must show proof that they have had complete sex reassignment surgery. The policy was changed following a complaint from the ACLU; two transgender Idahoans who had updated their drivers’ licenses to reflect their gender identity saw their licenses canceled when the Transportation Department realized they hadn’t received any proof of surgery.

That’s great news for Idaho’s transgender citizens. In the second story, the city of Coeur d’Alene could become the fourth city in Idaho to adopt and LGBT rights ordinance. LGBTQ Nation reports:

City Councilman Mike Kennedy is drafting an ordinance based on a measure adopted by Boise last year, The Spokesman Review reported Thursday. In the past 15 months, the cities of Sandpoint, Moscow and Ketchum have also passed similar ordinances. “I think it’s needed, I think it’s overdue, and it’s simple equal rights,” Kennedy said. “We shouldn’t be excluding any group or party from full participation and full protection under the law.”

To be sure, the state is still a long ways from adopting marriage equality, but these are good steps.

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