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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How about that?

Interesting. No particular comment.

Under the rule being considered by the city’s Board of Health, which is likely to be adopted soon, people born in the city would be able to change the documented sex on their birth certificates by providing affidavits from a doctor and a mental health professional laying out why their patients should be considered members of the opposite sex, and asserting that their proposed change would be permanent.

Applicants would have to have changed their name and shown that they had lived in their adopted gender for at least two years, but there would be no explicit medical requirements.

“Surgery versus nonsurgery can be arbitrary,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner. “Somebody with a beard may have had breast-implant surgery. It’s the permanence of the transition that matters most.”


  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    My first reaction is that it's not enough. Surely by now everybody's read or seen a documentary about intersexed people and how violently they're oppressed. I mean, their genitals are literally chopped off, routinely, as a matter of public policy.

    There should be a fill in the blank box on birth certificates. Intersexed people are not that uncommon. I know one. And his/her name may rhyme with Qantid Qoto.

  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Thinking about the intersexed always reminds me of this time an old friend of mine took me aside to say she wanted to have a heart to heart with me about something that she had never told anyone else before.


    "Uh, no," she said, laughing nervously. My face didn't hide my disappointment. How could it, really?

  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I suppose the radical step would be simply to eliminate the box for "sex" on the birth certificate. Judith Butler could throw a little party.


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