Gender change birth certificate bill passes House subcommittee

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A bill that would allow individuals to have their birth certificate changed to reflect the appropriate gender if their gender has been changed passed out of the House Public Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee today and will head to the House Health and Human Relations Committee.

Tennessee Equality Project President Christopher Sanders said TEP members have sent “almost 1,000 e-mails to House and Senate members on the bills (SB 4052/HB 3907)."

The Senate General Welfare Committee will hear from Senator Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) at some point this week on her bill. Both bills will allow individuals to have their birth certificate changed to reflect the appropriate gender if their gender has been changed.  The documentation change would require a sworn statement by a physician.

The bill has been lobbied heavily by the Tennessee Transgender Political Coliation (TTPC) and was supported by the Tennessee Equality Project.