this is great news! and really, long overdue. in only extending these rights to those who have undergone full srs surgery, many folk who had no insurance to cover the procedure and no stash of cash to fund it were discriminated against.
in addition, by insisting on a full transformation, so to speak, state law could determine one’s ‘true’ gender, thereby making further discrimination against transgender folk possible and probable.
self-definition and self-determination are the inherent rights of all members of society. not just the neuro-typical, cis-gendered or moneyed few.
so hip, hip, hurray!
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A court-supervised agreement allows transgender people in Illinois to change birth certificates gender marker without full sex reassignment surgeries provided their physician signs off the vital records affidavit.
John Knight of the ACLU: “This agreement reflects a basic understanding that the government should not be in the business of telling transgender Illinoisans what kind of surgery they need to undergo . . .”
Some type of SRS surgery is still needed, but the exact type is left up to the individual’s physician. The agreement is also retroactive — trans individuals denied record change in the past can retry for the change.
Alaskan trans people can now change DMV gender marker without SRS provided the person’s physician will certify that they are undergoing treatment and the change will be permanant…
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