Kansas Wants To Ban Transgender People Updating Their Birth Certificates

Kansas To Ban Trans Birth Certificates

Kansas has become the latest state to step into the fight against transgender people as the state reveals plans to prevent transgender people from being able to change their birth certificates.

The new regulations, which could come into effect as soon as six weeks from now, would block members of the trans community from being able to alter their birth certificate to reflect the gender they live their lives as.

Pedro Irigonegaray, left, a Topeka, Kansas, attorney, and Stephanie Mott, right, a transgender Topeka woman, follow comments during a public hearing on a proposed regulatory change from the state health department that would make it harder to change the gender listed on a person’s birth certificate. Photo AP

Pedro Irigonegaray, left, a Topeka, Kansas, attorney, and Stephanie Mott, right, a transgender Topeka woman, follow comments during a public hearing on a proposed regulatory change from the state health department that would make it harder to change the gender listed on a person’s birth certificate. Photo AP

“Children will die,” Topeka transgender woman Stephanie Mott told the department official presiding at the hearing. “These regulations will be written in their blood.”

Not only will these regulations prevent transgender people from being able to live their lives effectively, as the gender listed on a birth certificate plays a massive role in helping transgender individuals prove their gender identity, but it could go so far as to lead to an increase in the suicide rates within the trans community.

Preventing trans people from changing their birth certificates will cause countless situations where trans people can be denied access to facilities, or certain rights simply because their birth certificate has them listed as the gender that they were assigned at birth, rather than their correct one.

Mary Pilcher-Cook, the rabidly anti-transgender Republican Kansas senator who was recently removed from a powerful committee chair for “disrespecting the Senate and its rules” said that ‘a birth certificate is a record for future generations’, going on to state that she feels that the document should represent ‘the science behind a person’s gender, not political issues’.

‘Men and women are biologically different’, she said, ‘I don’t think we should become detached from reality.’

Pilcher-Cook often the only one willing to quoted as other lawmakers rightfully fear being labeled as bigots, also supported the failed bill targeting Kansas student bathrooms.

This is the latest attempt from the religiously fanatic and bigoted right-wing elements in the American government to make the lives of transgender people unnecessarily difficult, in what I can only imagine to be an attempt to wipe out the community completely.

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2 Responses to Kansas Wants To Ban Transgender People Updating Their Birth Certificates

  1. lefthandpath May 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    And to think that the USA wants to export “freedom” to other nations, shameful situation:( I’m so tired of these Abrahamic tyrants forcing people to abide by their religious rules.

    It looks like those muppets don’t understand separation of church & state. Time for change…

  2. Hail Satan... bibles are for morons!. May 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    This is the latest attempt from the religiously fanatic and bigoted right-wing elements in the American government to make the lives of transgender people unnecessarily difficult, in what I can only imagine to be an attempt to wipe out the community completely”

    And that’s the point! “Wipe out completely.”

    Among other things religion teaches “love thy neighbour”. This kind of behaviour is why I’ve said and will say again, “fuck your religion, hail Satan, bibles are for hypocritical dickheads”.

    How to respect the church? How to respect the bible? How to respect bigots? How to respect America ‘the land of the free’? You and your people are a mockery to the rest of the world.

    I burn your bible on a pit of blood stone and fire. I spit on your bigots and I curse your people and your nation, for you are not free. You are anything but free, you are cursed cursed cursed.

    Burn the bible, destroy the church, destroy the people and destroy those states which support this bigotry, for you are no different to those who caused people to flee from Russia, flee the middle east and to the Jews who escaped from Sobibor.

    Democratzia… freedom…. fuck your freedom and fuck your democratzia, I piss on your freedom, I piss on your democratzia, I piss on your flag and I burn your holy bible, for it is not thecword of god, it is the word of man, written by primitive men, for primitive men!

    Cursed nation, cursed people, cursed bible.

    Ave Satan, enim liberabit vos