Connecticut birth certificate gender designation bill awaits Senate action

Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford

Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford

Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford

Connecticut State Capitol, in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. — A bill that would make it easier for transgender people in Connecticut to update their names and gender on their birth certificates faces one more legislative hurdle.

The proposal faces a final vote in the Senate. The House of Representatives passed the bill on a bipartisan 126-18 vote Thursday night.

Under the bill, any person who has undergone surgical, hormonal or other clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition can change their sex on their birth certificate. Regulations now only allow people to change the designation after completing gender reassignment surgery.

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Proponents contend that standard is outdated and the course of care for gender transition doesn’t always involve surgery.

The Department of Motor Vehicles already allows transgender people to change the designation on their driver’s licenses without showing proof of surgery.

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