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Virginia Department of Health
 
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State Board of Health
 
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Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records [12 VAC 5 ‑ 550]
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1/4/16  5:36 pm
Commenter: Cristina Kincaid

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The policy should allow for gender change upon submission of a statement from a licensed provider, rather than requiring a court order. Forcing people to discuss their gender identity and any medical treatment they have undergone in open court can cause significant discomfort and be psychologically traumatic. Further, the expense of securing legal counsel is beyond the means of many transgender people, a significant number of whom are unemployed or underemployed because of employment and education discrimination.

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