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Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records [12 VAC 5 ‑ 550]
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12/14/15  3:07 pm
Commenter: Jocelyn Pace

Amendments regarding Gender Change.

Our laws regarding gender change on public documents need to align with current research and what evidence-based medicine has told us.  We know that folks are born transgender.   We need to respect the rights of an individual to self-identify and we need public documents to reflect those rights.  The identification change records should not require surgery, nor a costly court order.  Individuals and their medical providers have the expertise to determine when a change is necessary--this should not be left up to public officials, nor judges to determine.

This needs to be an administrative document route, not something that is left up to the whim of a judge.  We need a process by which all public documents can be changed to reflect consistency.



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