The D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee voted this week to ease restrictions on gender identity changes, approving a proposal that would require only a certified statement from a medical doctor, reported WRC-TV.
Previously, a change would have required public notification in classified newspaper adverts and surgical requirements.
The new law, which will come before the council in the coming weeks and is expected to pass easily, would issue a new birth certificate rather than simply amending the original.
Transgender activists say amended birth certificates often lead to challenges and subject them to discrimination.
“I’m proud that we are doing this during pride week,” said council member Tommy Wells. “It’s a time when we recognize equality among all District residents.”
A rule before the Gloucester County School Board dealing with transgender youth bathroom use has the VA ACLU up in arms. The proposed rule would require all students to use restrooms according to their “corresponding biological genders,” and, according to the ACLU, would force transyouth to use facilities “inconsistent with their gender identity.” “There is broad [...]