Entry #138: Right to change legal gender in United States

Current Version

RegionUnited States
IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, no restrictions
Start DateJan 2013
End DateDec 2013
DescriptionFrom a Federal standpoint, you can change your gender with proof that you have undergone treatment for a gender change (surgery no longer required in any agency as of June 2013)

Revision History (6)

Revision by Belmount. fixed date

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End Date(NONE)Dec 2013

Revision by Belmount. Now varies by region

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Revision by Belmount. fixed dates

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Revision by JuliaB. sex reassignment surgery is not required to change gender on federal documents

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Value(REMOVED)Legal, no restrictions

Revision by bubblyara

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ValueLegal, no restrictions(REMOVED)
Reports (2)
  • Newer law has been passed "Many states have passed bills saying that that’s illegal now"
  • Status is not correct "Texas states than irreversible procedure be done but does not specify surgery that procedure could be as simple as being on hrt for an extended period of time "

Revision by beeurd

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ValueLegal, but requires surgeryLegal, no restrictions
Start DateJun 2013Jan 2013
Reports (13)
  • Date is incorrect "i live in Tennessee i dont know why it says surgery not required most of the US requires surgery to change you gender marker in Tennessee and i think one other country its completely impossible to change your gender marker at all i feel like this is misleading."
  • Status is not correct "Requirements to change your gender vary. Federal and state requirements are different. See here for more information:https://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/trans-changing-birth-certificate-sex-designations"
  • Status is not correct "The current status is "Legal, surgery not required" So the infographic should not show "Legal but surgery required" For some reason the more recent update is not set to "Current status""
  • Status is not correct "The right to legally change your gender status varies from state to state. In some states, you only require a note from your general practitioner. Others require proof of surgery."
  • Status is not correct "If you read the source it says (surgery no longer required in any agency as of june 2013)"
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct "You can change your gender without surgery"
  • Newer law has been passed "You do not need surgery to identify as something other than birth sex"
  • Newer law has been passed "You can now change your gender marker and just go to court and argue the reason. "
  • Status is not correct "Doesn't require surgery"
  • Status is not correct "Gay bisexual lesbians and transgender people allowed to serve openly"
  • Note field is incorrect "U.S. federal government recognizes the gender of your vital documents which are localized to the state and municipal level. The federal government has no authority over gender identification."
  • Status is not correct "Since the two items of federal ID described are not useful in many state contexts and states have their own regulations, the status is still ambiguous at best."

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