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Transgender Man Who Fought For Name Change In Ga. Dies At 25

May 17, 2017

A transgender man whose winning fight to get a male name made Georgia law is dead at age 25.

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The LGBT nonprofit Lambda Legal says Rowan Feldhaus died Tuesday after complications from surgery.

Lambda Legal represented Feldhaus and Andrew Baumert in their lawsuit. A Georgia appeals court ruled in January that Feldhaus and Baumert could change their birth names to match their gender identities.

A state judge had said they had to choose gender-neutral names, because male names could confuse and mislead people.

Lambda Legal spokesman Jonathan Adams said in a brief interview that he doesn't know what surgery Feldhaus underwent.

Attorney Beth Littrell said in the statement, "Because Rowan stood up, Georgia judges are now required to allow people to change their names without bias."

Editor's note: WABE has edited this Associated Press story to remove the birth names of Rowan Feldhaus and Andrew Baumert.