Entry #1285: Right to change legal gender in California

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IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start Datepast
End DateOct 15, 2017
DescriptionSurgery was originally required in California.

Revision History (2)

Revision by danlev

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End DateJan 1, 2018Oct 15, 2017

Revision by danlev

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End Date(NONE)Jan 1, 2018
NoteSurgery was originally required in California.
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Surgery was originally required in California.
Reports (18)
  • Status is not correct "Can now change legal gender without surgery. "
  • Status is not correct "no longer requires surgery"
  • Status is not correct "It doesn't require surgery. "
  • Status is not correct "No surgery/hrt required. Minors can have their gender marker changed as as well . Requires approval from a judge. "
  • Status is not correct "The laws state that any persons can change their gender based on doctor referral, you do not even need your gender legally changed. Legal but does not require surgery or official status."
  • Status is not correct "i’m pretty sure you currently don’t have to have surgery to change your gender if you have parents consent"
  • Status is not correct "I've changed my here gender without surgery. It's pretty easy"
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  • Status is not correct "Check to see if it's correct or not. "Under the bill, the state registrar is required to issue a new birth certificate to California natives to reflect a gender change if someone applies and submits an affidavit attesting that the request is not for any fraudulent purpose. The measure, Senate Bill 179, also calls for the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow applicants for a driver’s license or identification card to choose a gender category of female, male or nonbinary." https://titleix.ucsc.edu/_content-blocks/gender-discrimination/sb-179.html"
  • Status is not correct "I read the link. It specifically says that all you need is, “clinically appropriate treatment.” No mention of surgery."
  • Status is not correct "Per http://www.courts.ca.gov/25798.htm, only a doctor's note saying one has undergone "clinically appropriate treatment for change of gender" is required; this could be interpreted as hormone replacement therapy. "
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  • Status is not correct "California SB-179 (signed 10/15/17) removes the medical letter requirement entirely + allows for nonbinary genders + allows you to change your gender at the DMV no-questions-asked. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB179"
  • Newer law has been passed "SRS not required"
  • Status is not correct "You are not required to have had sexual reassignment surgery to change your gender on your birth certificate and official forms. All that is required is an affidavit from your doctor providing your transgender healthcare saying the steps you are taking to validate your gender are thorough, healthy, and irreversible."
  • Status is not correct "Sex change surgery no longer required to change legal documents. "
  • Status is not correct "The current status is not "Legal, but requires surgery". CA Health and Safety Code 103430 states that the court requires a licensed physician's affidavit stating that the person in question has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition. What the physician considers "clinically appropriate treatment" can vary amongst different physicians. Some physicians consider "clinically appropriate treatment" to be surgery, yes, but some also include hormone replacement therapy as "clinically appropriate treatment"."

evelynlee34 created this entry.