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In Massachusetts, people can get an “F” in sex early

This won’t have an impact on me since I’m about to embark on my excellent adventure, but it’s really cool, and it’s about time:

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles releases policy change for changing gender markers

January 26th, 2009 by gunner in AnnouncementNews


The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has amended its policy regarding changing gender markers on state issued identification such as driver’s licenses or Massachusetts ID.

The new policy requires a person who wishes to change the gender marker on their state issued identification to submit an updated application together with a Gender Designation Change Form, signed by him or her and a medical provider attesting to the gender that the individual considers himself or herself to be. The policy no longer requires a person to submit medical proof of sex reassignment surgery or an amended birth certificate. The next edition of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual will reflect the agency’s policy amendments.

In the coming weeks, MTPC will provide a comprehensive “how to” guide for changing gender marker that reflects this new policy as well as the requirements of other State and Federal agencies.

MTPC has been working collaboratively with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), MassEquality and Representative Carl Sciortino advocating for this policy change with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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  Corrvin wrote @

That’s awesome! In weird news, Oklahoma has had that for years, though…

We’re fairly non-prescriptive as far as what we require; you can get a new license and birth cert and all that, just by getting a letter from your doctor. The letter only has to state that you are [whatever sex is appropriate] and that you don’t have, or have had removed, [ovaries if you are male/ testes if you are female].

I love that they don’t require some stupid hoop-jump as far as hormones, genital surgery, or whatever. Yeah, okay, they saw the “pregnant man” issue [and the congruent “her wife knocked her up” issue] a long time ago, and stopped that in its tracks, but otherwise? It’s up to you and your doctor to define.

And that’s how it ought to be everywhere, dammit, up to the people who live their own lives in their own bodies to say what’s what.

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