Bill making it easier to change gender on records progresses

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Courtesy of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

HARTFORD — A bill that would make it easier for transgender people to update their names and gender on their birth certificates is progressing through the General Assembly.

An early vote showed the proposed legislation cleared the legislature’s Public Health Committee on Monday. A final tally was expected later in the day.

Connecticut already has a law allowing people to change the sex on their birth certificates, but so long as they’ve undergone sex reassignment surgery. Proponents of the legislation contend that standard is outdated. They said the course of care for gender transition doesn’t always involve surgery.

The DMV already allows transgender people to change the gender designation on their driver’s licenses without showing proof of surgery.

The bill awaits further action in the House of Representatives.