UPDATE: A transgendered woman trying to get her name changed got approval from a judge Wednesday afternoon.Fialkowski's attorney contacted ABC13 and said that they received a letter from the judge saying they don't need to come to court again because he reviewed her case and approved the name change. Fialkowski applied to have her first name changed in December 2013.Lynchburg, VA - Julianna Fialkowski is facing a battle for equality and for her identity.Originally named Joseph, Fialkowski filed in December 2013 to have her name legally changed to Julianna. It's a process that generally involves the filling out of some forms, and paying a small fee. According to Fialkowski's lawyer, Katie Fletcher, Fialkowski appeared in court in January. At that point, she was informed that her case was under extra scrutiny. Fletcher explained that "She went to the court for the hearing, the judge asked her some questions, he told her this case was under extra scrutiny, and that he would take it under advisement. Then two weeks later, she received just the order, with the denied box check, and the judge's signature. No explanation."Fialkowski had her last name legally changed in the same manner in the summer of 2010.The judge has made no comment, as the case comes up before a Lynchburg Circuit Court judge on May 23rd.
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