Thursday, December 7, 2006

New York City Reconsiders Allowing People to Change the Sex on Their Birth Certificates

"City health officials Tuesday backed off a plan that would have allowed New Yorkers to switch the sex on their birth certificates without undergoing sex-change surgery. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said the issue needed further study, in part to guarantee it wouldn't conflict with federal rules now being developed. Like most other cities and states, New York has long allowed people who have undergone sex-change surgery to get a new birth certificate reflecting the change. The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had proposed in September that the policy be liberalized further to include people who had taken other steps short of surgery to irrevocably alter their gender identity. The new policy, for example, would have allowed birth record changes for people taking hormones to alter their appearance. The plan would have made the city the first in the country with such a policy, health officials said." Associate Press, N.Y.Times Link to Article (last visited 12-7-06 NVS)

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