(April 1) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to Assistant Majority Leader Dominick Moreno’s bill to allow transgender Coloradans to obtain a new birth certificate reflecting their true gender identity.
Under HB 15-1265, the state registrar will issue a new birth certificate changing the gender designation upon request of a Colorado-born person or from his or her parents or guardian, if the person is a minor. The request must also include a licensed health care provider’s statement that the person has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other gender transition treatment, or stating that the person has an intersex condition.
Under current law, transgender Coloradans may only receive an amended birth certificate, inviting questions and potential discrimination in the workplace or wherever a birth certificate may need to be produced.
“We want to remove unnecessary obstacles,” said Rep. Moreno, D-Commerce City. “Let’s let all Coloradans be who they are.”