Oregon Strikes Down Surgery Requirement For Birth Certificate Gender Changes

Oregon Strikes Down Surgery Requirement For Birth Certificate Gender Changes

Last week, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2093, making Oregon just one of a handful of U.S. states to remove the surgery requirement imposed on transgender people seeking an accurate birth certificate. As of January 1, 2014 Oregon will simply require appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition—a course of treatment to be decided between a doctor and patient.

“This is a critical step toward safety and equality for transgender Oregonians,” said Basic Rights Oregon Transgender Justice Program Manager Tash Shatz.

Additionally, the Social Security Administration announced they will remove the surgery requirement for transgender people nationwide seeking to amend their gender marker in their social security file.

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