The trans wins just keep on coming , with one of them being from a surprising place.
Trans folks living in the Land of Lincoln can now change the gender markers on their birth certificates without having to go through genital surgery.
There is still a requirement for a type of surgery to be performed
but the specifics of that surgery are left up to the individual’s
physician, according to Melaney Arnold, Public Health Communications for the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“The vital records code now
requires a licensed physician to appropriately complete the affidavit,
attesting that the applicant has undergone an operation, by reason of
that operation the gender should be changed on their birth record,” said
Gender changing operations that would potentially fit this criteria would
include a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, orchiectomy, or facial
This is a major step forward for trans people who cannot afford the cost of genital reassignment
surgery, are worried about the results or feel they don’t need to
undergo such procedures.
The other win was in surprise surprise, Alaska
In the wake of an Alaskan superior court ruling that stated that the Alaska Department Of Motor Vehicle requiring proof of genital surgery before it would change the gender marker on a license was an invasion of privacy and unconstitutional, the Alaska DMV got busy writing new regulations to a comply with the ruling.
The new regulations was approved by the lieutenant governor on July 30 after a 30 day comment period and will take effect August 11.
Residents wanting to change their physical description, including
sex identifiers must submit certification from a licensed physician,
social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, physicians
assistant or certified nurse practitioner.
In the certification paperwork the provider must
certify that the individual has been undergoing treatment and that the
change is expected to be permanent. The Alaska DMV will accept, but not require documentation to change
other physical descriptors such as height, weight or eye color.
This is great news and will help make our lives a little easier in these two states in terms of having idenitfication documents that match our current gender presentations.