The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Thursday passed a bill, by a vote of 6-2, that will make it easier for transgender people to amend their state-issued birth certificates to reflect their accurate gender, regardless of whether they’ve had any kind of gender-confirming surgery.
The bill, which passed the state Assembly in June by a vote of 43-27, would require the state Health Department to issue corrected birth certificates to individuals who have received “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards.”
In essence, the new law would allow a transgender person who had received hormone replacement therapy — a common treatment following a diagnosis of gender dysphoria — to obtain updated records once the individual submits proof of treatment in the form of an affidavit signed by their medical provider.
The bill still needs to be passed by the full Senate, prior to going to Gov. Chris Christie to be signed into law.