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N.J. senate approves transgender birth certificate bill

Monday, December 23, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey state Senate has approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender.

N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

The Senate voted 21-11 to approve the bill, which has already passed the Assembly and now heads to Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s desk, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Since 1984, New Jersey law has directed that the state Health Department issue a new birth certificate only to those who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

But since not every transgender person undergoes surgery, state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex, N.J.), chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, sponsored the bill to allow for new birth certificates for those who opt only for hormone replacement therapy, supporters of the bill said.

“It’s their choice. It’s their certificate. And at the end of the day, it’s their right to do this,” said Vitale.

The bill would require a new birth record for people who have undergone “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or that the person has an intersex condition.”

A licensed health care provider would be required to certify that treatment had taken place, according to the bill.

The state Assembly passed the bill by a 43-27 vote in June.

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35 more reader comments:

  1. YES!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:56pm
  2. Nicee

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:58pm
  3. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:58pm
  4. Yah!!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:59pm
  5. Bout time.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:59pm
  6. Can someone explain what this means ?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00pm
  7. ns that trans people who have undergone genital reassignment surgery to match their gender identity can change their sex on their birth cert. - i.e a post-op trans woman can have her sex legally changed on her birth cert from "male" to "female" :)

    Replied on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:29pm
  8. It just makes sense!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00pm
  9. Awesome

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:02pm
  10. That’s great news. Hopefully more States will follow suite.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:04pm
  11. @Josey like it says in the article, currently a trans person can only receive a proper birth certificate after going through Sexual Reassignment Surgery, which many trans people opt not to do. If the law passes, then those who have completed hormone therapy would be able to receive a proper birth certificate, even if they opt to not have SRS.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:04pm
  12. most people read a head line and think they know it all by some form of intuitive magic.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:58am
  13. I did not know until just recently, that some transgendered people choose not to opt for the surgery. I do not understand this myself. Not that it matters that I do, I just find it confusing.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:45am
  14. Why? A birth certificate was never meant to say what gender you “feel” you are.. but what physical gender you actually are.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:05pm
  15. Its for record purposes only… not for a completion of self worth or being

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:06pm
  16. Another ignorant person.. Smh

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:07pm
  17. what will the gov do? veto it?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:12pm
  18. Not ignorant. Or I wouldn’t like the page. I have quite a few trans friends with whom I’ve had the very same convo. And they don’t get it either.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:12pm
  19. Yayy! WOO NEW JERSERY! You go Glen Coco, YOU GO!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:13pm
  20. What about those people who undergo HRT and all of the other processes for altering their outward gender expression OTHER than sexual reassignment surgery?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:15pm
  21. @Sandra Some states require the gender on your birth certificate to be changed before you can change the gender of the drivers license. I am in this limbo thanks to my birth state and state of residency being different.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:32pm
  22. Jessica Mills now that makes more sense. I can see why the DL thing would be an issue.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:41pm
  23. I may not live in the USA but I’m thrilled to hear this.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:44pm
  24. Thats disgusting

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:47pm
  25. is there a fucking problem? this is the LGBT page. notice the "T" in there?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:30am
  26. Yeah, like Christie would ever sign this.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:05am
  27. BOUT TIME!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:27am
  28. Sandra Jean, also from another standpoint, it could be a milestone. Almost like a marriage certificate.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:41am
  29. I don't disagree that its awesome.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:19am
  30. But will fatso veto it ?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:35am
  31. Thank you @fiona lovesee

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:43am
  32. I just wish that people who are anti-LGBTQ would realize that gays, lesbians, and transgendered people aren’t at risk of becoming three-eyed, four-armed monsters!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 3:39am
  33. Terry Vaden Austin, get off this page! You’re the one that’s disgusting!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:24am
  34. @Michaelann I’m a transwoman, and it’s a risk/reward choice. There’s a lot of risk involved in SRS, from loss of sensitivity to getting awful infections and many other things. I personally plan on having the surgery, but that decision took a long time to come to.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:53am
  35. It’s gonna be interesting to see what the guv does with this

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:56pm