The Department of Health and Environment in Kansas is now allowing transgender Kansans to change the gender on their birth certificates.
According to WIBE, the decision comes after transgender activist Stephanie Mott filed a lawsuit in 2018 after the state refused to change the gender on her birth certificate to female. The lawsuit was dropped later on but Mott passed away in March. Gov.Laura Kelly said in a statement that it was time for the state to “move past its outdated and discriminatory anti-transgender policy.”
“This decision acknowledges that transgender people have the same rights as anyone else, including the right to easily obtain a birth certificate that reflects who they are,”
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The state’s Office of Vital Statistics will now allow transgender Kansans to receive an amended, birth certificate that will reflect the gender change. However, they will have to submit documents and identification that shows proof of their sex change.
These documents include a passport, driver’s license, and/or certification that is issued by a medical professional confirming their patient’s true gender identity.
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