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Proposed rule could make it easier to change gender on birth certificate

Friday, October 13, 2017  
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A new rule could make it easier for transgender and intersex Montanans to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate.

The Helena Independent Record reports that the Department of Public Health and Human Services hosted a public hearing on Thursday regarding the proposed changes, which would no longer require transgender people to provide a court order saying their sex was changed by a surgical procedure. The rule change also adds a definition of "intersex."

DPHHS said the change would bring Montana into line with other states. Those who supported the measure said it would reduce barriers for transgender and intersex people while opponents said it’s a matter that should be decided by the Legislature.