Ohio is gearing up to allow transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificate.
The news comes after other states like Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee have been doubling down on their anti-trans bills.
Just this year alone, 8 bills discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community have become state law, with all 4 states mentioned above banning trans athletes from competing on school sports teams that reflect their gender.
According to reports, this has been done in order “to protect women and girls’ competitive sports.”
But it’s not just in sport that trans people are discriminated against…
For years, people have been fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, but little to no movement has been seen.
In North Dakota, House Bill 1503 was signed by Republican Governor, Doug Burgum, which Human Rights Groups have branded as “shameful.”
It allows student groups to exclude LGBTQ+ members (and multiple other minority groups based on their religious beliefs and their race) and still receive state funding.
Human Rights Campaign President, Alphonso David said: “This law is nothing more than a harmful attempt… to discriminate against LGBTQ and other marginalized communities. No student should be denied full access to and enjoyment of educational, social, and leadership opportunities typically offered by colleges and universities because of who they are.”
Texas also maintains multiple anti-trans laws and is still in the process of proposing more.
As a state, it still fails to recognize gender identity as a hate crime. Even though federal law has banned employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination is still not prohibited.
And not only that but in the past few weeks, a Texas bill has been proposed which strips parents from giving “gender-affirming” care.
The state has outlined this bill to include hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender children as a form of child abuse.
It includes administering, supplying, or consenting to provide puberty suppression drugs, hormone replacement therapy, or surgical or medical procedures to anyone under eighteen “for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.”
This bill would put gender-affirming care alongside serious crimes such as physical and s*xual abuse and sex trafficking.
Republican state Senator, Charles Perry, who is an avid sponsor for the bill said this was his way of “protecting children.”
He said he had no ill will toward transgender people, but he felt obligated to protect children “who have not reached the maturity to understand what is being proposed nor the impact on them in perpetuity.” He then referred to affirmative care as “not reversible” and “life transformational and life-changing.”
”God gave us a season in life, and it’s to have innocence up to a certain point, and then, unfortunately, we lose that innocence. When parents interject things that rob them of that innocence, and really robs them of a future, we have a problem.”
Parents who break the law can face up to 10 years in prison.
They can even have their children taken off them and put into the foster care system.
Not only this…
But the laws surrounding trans people from participating in sports, as well as medical staff being given a religious pass to refuse them medical care, has really shaped Texas to becoming one of the most discriminatory places in the United States for the trans community.
However, the only redeeming quality (if you can even refer to it as “redeeming”) is that they still allow trans people to change their gender on their birth certificate.
But of course there are several terms and conditions that are attached to it.
Just like multiple other states including Arizona and Colorado, anyone that wishes to alter their birth certificate must have a doctor’s note.
And on it, it must state that that person has undergone a full surgical procedure to “change” their gender.
There are only 2 states that don’t currently allow this at all.
Ohio and Tennessee.
However, that is all set to change as The Ohio Department of Health has announced that they will not be appealing the federal court ruling which stated the ban was “unconstitutional.”
Instead, they are working on implementing a law that will allow trans people to change their birth certificates and have planned to have it in place as early as June 1st.
However, not everyone was happy about the good news…
But they were soon drowned out by others…
The ruling comes after 4 trans activists, born in Ohio, found that the previous law subjected them to mistreatment and humiliation.
They used a survey from 2015 which found that thirty-six percent of participants faced “verbal harassment, were denied benefits or service, were asked to leave or were assaulted” if they showed an ID with a name/gender that did not match their external gender presentation.
The state’s argument against the change was that it would “undermine the accuracy of vital statistics or fraud prevention.”
However, Judge Michael Watson called the rebuttal a “red herring,” saying the “justifications are nothing more than thinly-veiled post-hoc rationales to deflect from the discriminatory impact of the Policy.”
It’s a move in the right direction.
Tennesee will be the only state in the country that does not allow the birth certificate request change once Ohio implements its new ruling.
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