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Kansas Could Block Transgender People from Updating Records

Associated Press - April 7, 2016 10:10 am

Governor Sam Brownback’s administration is moving forward with a policy change that would make it harder for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates.

The Wichita Eagle reports that under current regulations, one can change the gender listed on his or her birth certificate by showing medical paperwork that indicates an anatomical or physiological change occurred.

The governor’s administration has proposed changing the regulations so that the gender on a person’s birth certificate can only be changed if the person signs an affidavit saying the gender was incorrectly recorded on the original certificate and also provides medical records backing up that claim.

The change developed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment seems to block transgender people from changing their birth certificates after transitioning.

Larry Elmquist

April 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

I really don’t have an opinion on this issue but it sounds similar to the republican dominated legislature’s efforts to keep thoughtful people out of state office.

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