Transgender man who fought for male name dies at age 25

After years of struggling with his identity, an Augusta-area resident took the bold step in 2015 to transition into the gender he feels correctly matches his mind.

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

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 could change his name from Rebeccah Feldhaus, and Baumert could change his from Daphne Baumert.

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

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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."

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