3. For trans gender persons, the sex designated
their original birth certificates isnot an accurate reflection
their sex. Transgender persons seek to live in accordance with thesex that takes proper account
their brain -an immutable, intrinsic sense
female rather than the sex incorrectly ascribed to them at birth. This mayinvolve socially transitioning from one sex to the other
physically changing their primary orsecondary sex characteristics.
Presenting their original birth certificates to others raises a set
serious problemsfor trans gender persons because the sex designated
their original birth certificates is incorrectand does not match their lived sex or appearance.
This mismatch may lead to embarrassment, humiliation, discrimination,accusations
even violence. Among other problems,transgender persons are denied
when they cannot produce birth certificates with sexdesignations that match their lived sex. In these and many other Situations, trans gender personsface pervasive dangers merely
presenting a birth certificate with an incorrect sexdesignation.
is therefore imperative that trans gender persons be able to correct their originalbirth certificates so that the sex designation matches their lived sex. In recognition
this, therelevant city agencies have issued corrected birth certificates to trans gender persons for fortyyears.
In those forty years, the medical, scientific, legal, and psychologicalunderstandings
trans gender persons have progressed substantially. The mainstream view
these communities no longer equates sex with chromosomes
genitalia alone. Rather, it is nowaccepted that a person's sex is determined by a host
factors, including chromosomes, gonads2