- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - A transgender woman in Lynchburg has won a second bid to legally change her name after a judge rejected her initial request.

Joseph David Fialkowski, 24, had sought to have her name changed to Julianna Tourmaline Fialkowski. She told The News & Advance (https://bit.ly/TxS4aL ) that she has been receiving hormone treatments for more than a year and is recognized as female on her driver’s license.

Lynchburg Circuit Court Judge F. Patrick Yeatts denied Fialkowski’s first application for a name change in January.

Fialkowski’s attorney, Katie Fletcher, told the newspaper on Wednesday that Yeatts has approved Fialkowski’s second application.

Fletcher said she received a letter from Yeatts stating that he determined Fialkowski complied with requirements of state law. She said the letter didn’t say why the initial application was denied.

Under state law, fraudulent purpose and intention to infringe upon the rights of others are the only reasoning for denying a name change.

“I’m just pleased she can get on with her life now,” Fletcher told the newspaper. “I’m thrilled for her and proud of her for sticking (with the case) for everything she had to go through.”

A hearing set for Friday in Lynchburg Circuit Court on the matter was removed from the docket following the ruling, Fletcher said.

“I hope this is an indication we won’t see this in the future in Virginia courts,” she said of the ruling.

Fialkowski had told the newspaper on Tuesday that the initial denial of the name change caused a “very unique kind of mental anguish” in blocking her from changing bank accounts and record information and applying for jobs.

“It’s going to make my life a lot easier,” she said.

Fialkowski previously had changed her name in Lynchburg Circuit Court in 2010 from Joseph David Goff. She said she did not have to go to court in that situation.

Fletcher said Fialkowski had informed her she preferred not to comment further on the matter and authorized Fletcher to speak on her behalf.

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Information from: The News & Advance, https://www.newsadvance.com/


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