Sunday, December 06, 2015

Nothing Is Certain But Death And Mis-gendered

Being mis-gendered is a common thing for trans people and the one time we can’t fight back is when we are dead.
Gender identity ‘death certificate’ bill introduced 
Washington Blade
By Lou Chibbaro Jr.
October 21, 2015

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill on Tuesday that calls for amending the city’s Vital Records Act of 1981 “to clarify the process for respecting a decedent’s gender identity on his or her death certificate.”

The Death Certificate Gender Identity Recognition Amendment Act of 2015, among other things, would require a funeral director or another person completing a death certificate to “record the decedent’s sex to reflect the decedent’s gender identity” as defined in the D.C. Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on gender identity and other factors. 
Here in Connecticut when we were planning the Birth Certificate bill the issue of death certificate came up and the opinion of the lawyers was that the death certificate should follow the birth certificate.

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