While 23 states and the State Department have laws that protect the identities of individuals who have undergone gender transitions, the Disctrict of Columbia ‘s Council has introduced a bill today that would bring their laws in line. According to DCist: “The bill would revise the requirements for transgender people who have their names legally changed and ask for new birth certificates with the proper gender marker. Under current D.C. law, people who have their names changed are required to publish notices in a newspaper at least once a week for three consecutive weeks. For transgender people who change their name, this process can very easily lead to an inadvertent outing, says Andy Bowen, one of several activists who organized the bill.”
The new bill would also have the person’s original birth certificate sealed along with medical records, and would protect those who have not had surgery.