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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:51 PM

Barbra Siperstein, Crusader for Transgender Rights, Dies at 76

Source: New York Times

Barbra Siperstein, Crusader for Transgender Rights, Dies at 76

By Sam Roberts
Feb. 8, 2019

Barbra Siperstein, a crusader for transgender rights, died on Sunday, two days after a law bearing her name went into effect granting New Jerseyans the right to amend the gender on their birth certificates without proof of surgery. She was 76.

Dorothy Crouch, her partner, said Ms. Siperstein (pronounced SIP-er-steen) died of cancer in a hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.

According to the Transgender Law Center, New Jersey is among a handful of states, including California and Oregon, that no longer require a court order, a doctor’s letter or other medical evidence to alter a birth certificate.

The New Jersey measure, called the Babs Siperstein Law, had been passed twice before by the Legislature but vetoed by the governor at the time, Chris Christie, a Republican. It went into effect on Feb. 1.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/obituaries/barbra-siperstein-dead.html

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