Transgender felons seek to ease state rules on name changes

A Pennsylvania court this week will consider a legal challenge by three transgender women to a two-decade-old state law that prohibits people who have committed serious felonies from ever changing their names. Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in the lawsuit brought by plaintiffs who live as women but are unable to change their masculine first names because of a 1998 state law designed to prevent fraud. Pennsylvania law requires anyone convicted of a felony to wait at least two years after completion of their sentence to apply for a name change.