March 15, 2017
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 on the passage of the Birth Certificate Modernization Act by the Colorado House of Representatives.
“Today’s bipartisan vote to pass the Birth Certificate Modernization Act brings us closer to eliminating one of the many unfair barriers that transgender Coloradans face every day. House Bill 1122 will make the process less burdensome for transgender Coloradans trying to update the gender on their birth certificate by matching our state’s law to current federal policies for updating the gender on a passport or Social Security card.
“Forcing transgender people to have surgery and prove their gender to a court fails to protect their safety and privacy, can cause significant psychological trauma, and creates cost barriers. This is the third time this bill has been heard in the Colorado Legislature. It is time that the Birth Certificate Modernization Act receives a fair committee assignment in the Senate, so that transgender Coloradans can live their lives openly and honestly.”