June 02, 2017

Oregon governor signs bill allowing transgender Oregonians to make updates to birth certificates easily

Kate Brown

On May 31, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender Oregonians to make updates to their birth certificates without publicly doing so through the court system.

Previously, amendments to the document concerning people's names and genders were required to be publicly posted by the courts. This process was typically conducted through the court system without privacy from public view.

The new bill also allows court cases involving gender identity changes on birth records to be sealed, thus making potential future employers and landlords unable to discriminate based on gender identity changes.

The law will go into effect in January 2018.

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