Monday, January 11, 2016

Two States

At least that is the number of states that I know of that protect trans people in death. California and now Illinois have laws to protect our gender identity in death.
Public Act 099-0417

HB3552 Enrolled LRB099 10412 HEP 30639 b
AN ACT concerning civil law.

    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5. The Disposition of Remains Act is amended by
changing Section 40 as follows:
And the change is…
The directions may include instructions regarding gender identity, including, but not limited to, instructions with respect to appearance, chosen name, and gender pronouns, regardless of whether the person has obtained a court-ordered name change, changed the gender marker on any identification document, or undergone any transition-related medical treatment.
What this means is that after your death the coroner, your parents, or your children or your ex cannot change gender on your death certificate against your wishes

We looked into this when we were researching the birth certificate bill and what the lawyers said was that here in Connecticut the death certificate should track your birth certificate. What that means is if you had your gender on your birth certificate changed your death certificate should indicate you gender identity. Of course any legal opinion is just as good as any other opinion until a judge rules on it.

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