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NEW YORK — A judge says New York City asked too much of a transgender man trying to get his sex changed on his birth certificate.

A recent ruling says the city overreached by seeking a psychiatric report and detailed surgical records. The decision orders the Health Department to re-evaluate the man’s request.

It marks a victory for advocates seeking to make it easier for people who have changed gender to change their identity documents.

City officials have said they need robust proof of a permanent sex change. They want to ensure safeguards on changing crucial ID records.

The man said the requests invaded his privacy. He said he had already provided enough information to satisfy a regulation requiring proof of the surgery.

City attorneys are considering what to do next.

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Student charged after taking traffic-stop photos

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police violated a college student’s First Amendment rights by arresting him as he took photos of a traffic stop outside his house, a journalism advocacy group said Monday.

Temple University photojournalism student Ian Van Kuyk has been charged with obstruction, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in a case described as a “miscarriage of justice” by an attorney for the National Press Photographers Association.

“He was just taking pictures, as is his right, [as is] every citizen’s right,” attorney Mickey Osterreicher said Monday.

Police Lt. Raymond Evers said Mr. Van Kuyk and his girlfriend were arrested for other offenses, not for taking pictures.

“It’s very clear the officers were aware of their First Amendment rights to take photos,” Lt. Evers said, citing a police report. “Other things happened that caused them to be arrested.”

Lt. Evers said the department is investigating internally and that he could not release further details about the case, or the police report on the March 14 arrest.

Mr. Osterreicher laid out the student’s version of events in a written complaint to police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

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