Harris files trans-related birth certificate bill in Illinois House

Sun. February 14, 2016 8:44 AM by Windy City Media Group

Springfield, IL - State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), on Feb. 11, introduced a new bill that would make it easier for transgender Illinois residents to amend their birth certificate.

The bill, HB 6073, amends the state's vital records act so that a declaration by a physician that the individual is undergoing medically appropriate treatment would be the main requirement to change the gender-marker on a birth certificate. Previously, an affidavit from a doctor saying that the individual had undergone gender-reassignment surgery was needed to implement a gender-marker change. The new rule would also apply to intersex individuals.

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