March 9, 2017
Today, the Judiciary Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives voted 7-4 to pass House Bill 1122, a bill that would make the process less invasive for transgender Coloradans trying to update the gender on their birth certificate. One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families, released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos.
“Every transgender person deserves to be treated fairly and with respect. Today’s vote to pass the Birth Certificate Modernization Act brings us closer to eliminating one of the unfair and costly barriers transgender Coloradans face.
“It is important to take the gender update process out of the courts and put it into the hands of the vital records agency, transgender people, their families, and their medical providers – which is the current policy for Colorado IDs and federal documents – because it brings consistency and efficiency to the process.
“Someone whose birth certificate doesn’t match their gender is at risk for being denied housing, a job, or even the fundamental right to vote. This bill is a simple fix that will take the government out of the lives of transgender Coloradans and their families, protect their privacy, and immediately remove one of the many barriers transgender people in our state face every day. That’s why this legislation is so important, and we look forward to seeing it advance to the House floor.”