June 28, 2016 9:07 pm -


They continue to lose business, and yet think this will solve the problem.

One of HB2’s most burdensome requirements is that transgender people are forbidden from using restrooms in public buildings that match their gender identity. Currently, the only way for an individual to change their birth certificate is to undergo a surgery that can be expensive, that is sterilizing, and that not all trans people want or need to resolve their gender dysphoria. The new bill doesn’t change this requirement at all, but merely creates a new process for meeting it.

The drafted legislation instead suggests creating a new kind of document that recognizes a person’s gender reassignment. This document will alleviate the problem for individuals from other states, like neighboring Tennessee, who have no process for changing their birth certificates to align with their transition. But nothing else really changes.

The new requirement reads, “The State Registrar shall issue a certificate of sex reassignment upon a written application from an individual accompanied by a notarized statement from the physician who performed the sex reassignment surgery or from a physician licensed to practice medicine who has examined the individual and can certify that the person has undergone sex reassignment surgery.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.