In May 2017, California senators approved Bill 179, the Gender Recognition Act. The bill removes the requirement that a person seeking to obtain a new birth certificate from the State Registrar must have first “undergone clinically appropriate treatment” and instead allows anyone, regardless of whether or not they have undergone any treatment, to submit a form and obtain a new birth certificate.

The bill would also “provide modified procedures to obtain a court order for a change of name to conform to the petitioner’s gender identity and a court judgment to recognize a change in the petitioner’s gender” while deleting the requirement that the petitioner must have first “undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition.”

It also deletes the minimum age requirement for changing the gender on one’s identifying documents and allows a minor to obtain new documents through the approval of one parent. The bill requires a potentially dissenting parent to appear in court to “show cause.”


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