The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee is preparing to pass legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their true gender. The new law would ease a costly and bureaucratic system now in effect.
“D.C.’s law as it currently exists makes it really hard for trans people to get their vital records in line with who they really are,” said Andy Bowen, an activist with the DC Trans Coalition who helps fight discrimination in housing and jobs.
The D.C. Council Judiciary Committee voted to wipe away a lot of those restrictions on sex identity changes, approving a proposal that would require only a certified statement from a medical doctor and would eliminate the publicity and surgery requirements.
If passed, the new law also would issue a new birth certificate rather than simply amending the old one. The bill is expected to pass easily.