House Bill 509 would disallow transgender people to update the gender marker on their birth certificate. This goes against the purpose of identifying documents, which is to provide accurate and consistent documentation that reflects our authentic selves. Barring transgender people from updating their gender marker on their birth certificate not only forces them to present inaccurate information about themselves, it also opens them up to harassment, discrimination and even violence. Medical and mental health professionals have long recognized the importance of updated identity documents as a part of gender transition. The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and others support allowing trans people to access ID that reflects their gender without proof of medical intervention or other clinical documentation. 

Sponsors

Rep. Julianne Young (R)

Status

Senate State Affairs Committee

Session

2020

Bill number

Position

Oppose