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.

Amy.

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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer.

In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.

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