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.”
“Too many transgender people are abused, are beaten and ultimately killed just because of who they are,” said Keri Abrams, a local trans-woman, on why she took on a leading role in organizing Richmond’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. “And it shouldn’t happen.” Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDoR, is an annual event held to honor [...]