Indiana politician/Elvis impersonator tries to block trans people from legally changing genders
A Representative in the US state of Indiana has introduced a bill which would make it virtually impossible for trans people to legally change their gender.
Representative Bruce Borders introduced HB 1361 on Thursday which would only allow the sex on a birth certificate to be changed in certain situations.
Those allowed include a form being mis-written by an individual, a biological test showing that a Y chromosome was present despite being written down originally as female, or a biological test showing a lack of a Y chromosome despite being written down as male.
HB 1361 would take effect on 1 July 2017 if passed.
Trans people in Indiana currently have to obtain a court order in order to legally change their gender.
Freedom Indiana’s campaign manager Chris Paulsen says: “This discriminatory bill is completely unnecessary… If passed, HB 1361 would further harm Indiana’s already damaged reputation as an open and welcoming state.”
According to the civil rights group, HB1361 also includes provisions which would create a permanent record of those who have changed genders which “could be used to target transgender individuals for discrimination and harassment.”
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