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California Bill Aids Transgendered With Name Changes And Identity Documents

California’s Assembly Bill 1121, which makes the state’s name and gender change process the easiest in U.S., went into full effect July 1., reports The Advocate.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac812cfd970d-800wiThe bill, authored by out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and co-sponsored by Transgender Law Center and Equality California, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last year.

In August 2013, Brown signed into law a bill that will provide unprecedented protections for transgender students in California.

Atkins also authored the Respect After Death Act which would ensure death certificates correctly reflect the authentic gender identity of transgender Californians. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate.

Speaking to Equality California last year, Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center said:

“Having identity documents that accurately reflect who you are is vital in so many areas of everyday life — from applying for a job to exercising our rights at the ballot box. Many of us wouldn’t think twice when asked to show our ID, but this is a very serious issue for transgender people.”

Previously, transgendered Californians were required to obtain a court order in order to have their birth certificate reflect their correct name and gender.

However, under the new law applicants are now required to submit a form and a doctor's note directly to the state's Department of Public Health, indicating that they have taken appropriate steps to change their gender.

Additionally, those seeking a legal name change are no longer required to publish notice of intent in a local newspaper, a move which will save trans residents significant amounts of money and allow them to avoid the outing that comes with having a name change published.

Speaking to The Advocate, legal director for the Transgender Law Center Ilona Turner said:

“Today marks another step toward full equality for transgender Californians.  These simple administrative changes are going to make a huge difference for transgender people who continue to face unfair and burdensome barriers to being able to live authentically and free from discrimination.”

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  1. Aren't accurate records more important that feeling good after you're dead?

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jul 4, 2014 7:12:25 PM


  2. What compelling reason would the government have to maintain old records that don't reflect current reality and substantially harm the people they describe?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 7:37:21 PM


  3. Medical studies. Regardless of how they perceive or alter themselves, their chosen gender is not reality.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jul 4, 2014 7:47:31 PM


  4. Anyone with access to a trans person's medical history or current medications is going to be well aware of their trans status, regardless of whether they disclose it or not. Plus, gender is performative, so anyone's current gender is reality. There's no good substantial reason for the government to keep outdated records.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 7:59:19 PM


  5. Yeah, the transgendered really need paperwork aid. That's their problem. Not long-term psychiatric care.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 4, 2014 8:43:53 PM


  6. We already receive long term psychiatric care, it's a requirement for transitioning.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 8:45:32 PM


  7. My god you're stuaid. If you're doing a cross sectional study using death certificates, it might be important to have the actual genetic seed rather than the self perceived gender.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jul 4, 2014 9:42:50 PM


  8. "Transgendered"? Really, Towleroad?

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 4, 2014 9:45:12 PM


  9. TheDrDonna - Not all transgendered transition. Don't you think the neutrois, who want to be castrated, need psychiatric care?

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 4, 2014 9:56:01 PM


  10. So, you're arguing that trans folks should be condemned to a lifelong mismatch between the gender presentation, internal identity, and documentation because of a remote chance that somebody's poorly-structured study might have their results very slightly tweaked? Yeah, and I'm the one who's "stuaid".

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 10:25:46 PM


  11. So, you're arguing that trans folks should be condemned to a lifelong mismatch between the gender presentation, internal identity, and documentation because of a remote chance that somebody's poorly-structured study might have their results very slightly tweaked? Yeah, and I'm the one who's "stuaid".

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 10:25:46 PM


  12. @Tyler, if they have a medical transition then they almost certainly have a therapist providing letters of recommendation for their medical aspects. If a doctor prescribes it, I'm not going to claim that I know better than them.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 4, 2014 10:28:21 PM


  13. TransgenderED?? C'mon, Towleroad

    Posted by: @andemorgan | Jul 4, 2014 10:35:37 PM


  14. TransgenderED?? C'mon, Towleroad

    Posted by: @andemorgan | Jul 4, 2014 10:35:37 PM


  15. God bless America home of the the gays trans of the land.

    Posted by: Alexander | Jul 5, 2014 4:02:07 AM


  16. TheDrDonna - You bigot, you know nothing about the neutrois even though you claim them for the transgender community. They don't transition. They get castrated. You obviously don't know what is involved and you are just making assumptions about their lives.

    BTW, it is July now, so it can't be too much longer until you get your vag carving. Doesn't seem very progressive to use limited medical resources and to commandeer the scarce time of skilled medical professionals just so you can admire a fake vag in the mirror. But transgender is about self-gratification, not progressive vision.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 5, 2014 4:19:30 AM


  17. What a mess.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 5, 2014 7:56:25 AM


  18. @Tyler: Hahahahaa

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 5, 2014 12:23:01 PM


  19. Good. Great. Rational. Sane. Progress.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 5, 2014 12:31:38 PM


  20. TheDrDonna, I’m pretty sure you know that’s not the real me posting these transphobic comments. It’s Fake Tyler/Rick. I would have caught this sooner but I slept in late (Rick is always here early because he has no life).

    Rick, your transphobic madness is starting to effect your prose. Perhaps if you had just a single percent of the decency, empathy and class of any Transgender person you wouldn’t be such a hateful piece of garbage.

    "Vag carving." Rick you’re literally the worst.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 5, 2014 1:02:18 PM


  21. Tyler, stop using my name.

    As for the "decency, empathy and class of any Transgender person", google Kryzie King.

    TheDrDonna, it's great to see you laugh. So wonderful to see that apple bobbing wildly!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 5, 2014 2:26:47 PM


  22. Just in case there's any confusion, I want to be very clear that the reason I come here every day and use various screen names to type hateful things, anonymously, is because I'm unloved by literally every single person in my life, particularly my family who have never once shown me love or acceptance or support. So, I come here to angrily hate on everyone else. Because my life sucks.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 5, 2014 2:35:40 PM


  23. The height of irony is some anonymous poster using several online personalities to dictate that what the transgendered really need is therapy.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 5, 2014 3:04:02 PM


  24. AFAIK, they are still in the DSM V under new categories and so they all need therapy. I think they should all be committed for a year.

    Posted by: Devon | Jul 5, 2014 5:47:34 PM


  25. Devon, I think artists should use more green in their paintings, but I'm not an expert in that field, so my opinion on the subject is just as inconsequential as yours is on trans people.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 5, 2014 6:52:02 PM


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