Sunday, June 16, 2013

Birth Certificates

In Oregon State they just pass a law that will allow you to change your birth certificate with having surgery. The ACLU said in a press release that,
Oregon Legislature Repeals Surgery Requirement for Gender Change on Birth Certificate
By Becky Straus, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon & Kevin Díaz, Legal Director, ACLU of Oregon & Amanda Goad, LGBT Project

With Gov. Kitzhaber's approval of HB 2093 yesterday, transgender people in Oregon will no longer have to show proof of surgery in order to change their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender. Previously, Oregon law required surgery in order to update a birth certificate gender marker, even for those transgender people who did not need or want it, or were unable to access surgery for financial, medical, or other reasons. The ACLU supported the great work of agency and advocate partners to reach this victory. We are glad to see Oregon's legislature and governor sign off on this important change and advance the rights of transgender Oregonians.
Long overdue, HB 2093 aligns Oregon law with well-established medical standards. It promotes fairness and equality and makes life easier for transgender people born in Oregon.
This is ground breaking! Oregon is now the second state that allows you to change your birth certificate without surgery. The first state to allow you to do that was Illinois when last October a court ordered the Department of Public Health to allow trans-people to change their birth certificate without having to undergo genital reconstruction surgery.

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