California Legislature Passes Trans Birth Certificate Bill
The California State Legislature has passed unprecedented new rights that will make it easier for transgender people to legally change their names on their birth certificates.
On Sept. 6, the legislature approved bill 1121 by a 54-16 vote, according to the Transgender Law Center.
If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would provide an easier and more inexpensive process for trans Californians to have their name reflect their gender identity on birth certificates.
“Transgender people are entitled to have their official documents and their legal name reflect their true identity without a burdensome and expensive process that endangers their personal safety,” said Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, who authored the bill, in a statement.
“I am hopeful that the governor will support this simple bill that will greatly enhance the lives of transgender Californians.”
Currently, a trans person in California must seek a court order to obtain a name change. The change must also be published in the news, which may endanger the individual and expose him or her harassment and discrimination.