California to allow for Gender-neutral Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate

A.T. Furuya is vocal when it comes to advocating for transgender. A.T. Furuya, 35 was the first person in the country to obtain a certificate that is not designated as either male or female. To receive this papers, people like Furuya had to get an affidavit from doctors, ascertaining that they have undergone gender treatment for gender transition. There is now a provision in California that allows people who identify themselves as neither male or female be they non-binary or intersex to get a birth certificate that is gender neutral. Writing a physical letter is now part of history in California, given that Governor Jerry Brown appended his signature on the law that made the process even simpler. The move has made California go down in history as the first state to provide such an option.

People who identify themselves as non-binary are those individuals who do not consider themselves as exclusively feminine or masculine. On the other hand, intersex is those individuals who were born with variation in sex characteristics such as sex hormones or even chromosomes. The two groups of people have for a significant time hunted the legal document that shows their true identity. The proprietors of the law were Toni G. Atkins and Scott D. Wiener both state senators from the Democratic Party. As of 2018, the law will start to be effected. According to A. T. Furuya, having a document from the state that indicates the true identity of an individual will stop doctors and employers insisting that what matters is what is written on the original birth certificate.

The law did not pass without some resistance. One of the groups was of the opinion that the new law could encourage frauds since it does away with the doctor’s letter. The California Family Council was of the opinion that including the third gender would bring up the demands for non-binary sports in all public schools, which would be expensive. The San Diego Union-Tribute published an opinion article revealing the sentiments of Jonathan Keller. He warned that if the law were to be passed, more than 150 public institutes of higher learning would be required to conform to Title IX and provide athletics facilities to the three genders. The claim was rejected. Kristine E. Newhall, a professor at SUNY Cortland, said that the N.C.A.A was clear on its law and does not regulate gender identity so that one can be on a team.


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