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N.J. senate panel approves transgender birth certificate bill

Friday, December 13, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey state Senate panel on Thursday 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, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

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.

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 measure must still be approved by the full Senate; the state Assembly passed the bill by a 43-27 vote in June.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:18pm
  2. this is so amazing. :)

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:19pm
  3. good for them…Now if the jerk signs it into law that would be good for those who need it.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:21pm
  4. Great news

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:32pm
  5. Thats awesome news :)

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:51pm
  6. awesome

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:08am
  7. New Jersey is disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:36am
  8. Well, now they're becoming less disgusting with laws like these.

    Replied on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:07am
  9. Awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:01am
  10. GOOD

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:03am
  11. hooray New Jersey my birth state!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:48am
  12. I’m moveing there

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:47am
  13. NICE GOOD JIB

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:32am
  14. JOB

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:32am
  15. except we don’t really “alter” our gender — it simply is recognized CORRECTLY after we have to fight our asses off with doctors and psychiatrists and lawyers to PROVE we’re trans (which can be medically proven as something with which we’re born through several different gender markers other than external genitalia)

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:48am
  16. Finally, holy fuck. Well, its a start

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:51am
  17. about time

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:14am
  18. I like that the congressman who introduced the bill is from Middlesex, NJ!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:32pm
  19. I hope Michigan does this

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6:29pm
  20. Well done N.J.

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:04pm
  21. even if your not.!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:18pm
  22. none of this amended birth certificate crap. i don’t get it. you go through grueling procedures and hormone treatment just to be handed a piece of paper which tells everyone you’re transgender anyway? thank you, jersey!

    Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:33pm