Dept. of Health asks for comment on proposal to add 3rd sex designation to birth certificate

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health is asking for public commentary on a proposal that would add a third,  gender-neutral option for sex designation on birth certificates.

The hearing is Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. in Tumwater. People will also be able to livestream the hearing by clicking on "view public hearing" at this link here

The proposed rule includes changes to the requirements for individuals to request a change to the sex designation on their birth certificate. It also removes the requirement for medical verification for adults making a request, which would expand the number of providers who can verify the gender change for minors, WSDOH said in a release.

Washington residents can submit their written comments here.

USA Today reports Oregon began offering the gender-neutral “X” option earlier this year, as did the District of Columbia. California will begin to do the same in the coming year.

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