Vermont Legislature Removes Surgery Requirement for Amending Birth Certificates

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May 25, 2011 - TLDEF today praised the Vermont legislature and Governor Peter Shumlin for dropping the requirement that transgender people undergo surgery in order to receive a birth certificate with a corrected sex designation.  Senate Bill 15, which takes effect immediately, states that “surgical, hormonal, or other treatment appropriate for that individual for the purpose of gender transition" is sufficient for receiving an amended birth certificate.

"A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification," said TLDEF executive director Michael Silverman.  "By giving transgender people accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are, Vermont is helping to reduce the discrimination and harassment that transgender people face in areas like employment where ID is essential to proving eligibility to work."

We congratulate the advocates in Vermont who have been working diligently for this important change, and applaud the efforts of the Task Force and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in assisting them.

In New York, City TLDEF recenlty filed a lawsuit challenging the city's practice of requiring transgenderlegal people to undergo surgery before it will issue them birth certificates with corrected sex designations.  That lawsuit is ongoing.