Great, great news. Not only is this requirement unfair and biased in favor of people who transition medically – not everyone does, or wants to – it also creates a problem with socioeconomic status, where those who can afford surgery are “real” and those who can’t, aren’t.
But this line in the Forbes article is a little silly:
Transgender people say they need IDs to accurately reflect their gender when they apply for jobs, travel and seek certain government services among other things.
Probably just a sloppy bit of writing, but um, everyone needs IDs that accurately reflect their gender.
This part of the article is, however, all too true:
“Birth certificates are primarily used for legal matters, not medical,” the new policy language approved by the AMA says. “Requiring sex-reassignment surgery places a burden on an already marginalized population.”
Last week, New York State passed a law that states that people are not required to have surgery to change their birth certificates, so hopefully this new AMA ruling will mean other states will follow suit.