Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records [12 VAC 5 ‑ 550]
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12/15/15  12:11 pm
Commenter: Bary Hausrath, BaryLaw


I have represented and currently represent clients for whom this petition would be a huge benefit.  

The current process needs to be simplified to reflect that clinically appropriate medical procedures do not always involve surgery and to further allow petitioners to forgo the need for a court order in all but the most extraordinary of cases.  The current process is unnecessarily confusing for transgender folks, imposes barriers that aren't in the statute (by requiring surgery) and for the vast majority of those folks, it requires the assistance of legal professionals, which can make the process prohibitively expensive.  This should be a primarily administrative process.  

Thank you.  

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