According to the LA Times, two California state senators, both Democrats, are seeking to expand the number of genders officially available for birth certificates, and even drivers licenses.
Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) want official documents to now include the option of “non-binary,” in an effort to “keep California at the forefront of LGBTQ civil rights.”
The bill, SB 179, also would streamline the process for people to change their gender on such documents. It would remove the requirement that an individual obtain a sworn statement from a physician certifying medical treatment for gender transition. It also would create a process for people younger than 18 to apply for a change of gender on their birth certificate.
In other words, if a child or teen decides he or she would rather identify as something else, they would be able to alter their information in order to suit the gender they feel more like.
Wiener has stated that he feels this puts California on the opposite side of states like North Carolina who passed a bill that would not allow publicly owned restrooms to be open to transgender individuals identifying as the opposite sex, stating that “California needs to go in the opposite direction and embrace the trans community and support the trans community and modernize these laws.”
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