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Kansas Could Block Transgender People from Updating Records

The Transgender Pride flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback's administration is moving forward with a policy change that would make it harder for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. The Wichita Eagle reports that under current regulations, one can change the gender listed on his or her birth certificate by showing medical paperwork that indicates an anatomical or physiological change occurred. The governor's administration has proposed changing the regulations so that the gender on a person's birth certificate can only be changed if the person signs an affidavit saying the gender was incorrectly recorded on the original certificate and also provides medical records backing up that claim. The change developed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment seems to block transgender people from changing their birth certificates after transitioning.

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