Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Birth certificate bill advances

The House Public Health and Family Assistance subcommittee voted to send HB3907 to the House Health and Human Resources committee where it has been placed on the calendar for April 8. The companion bill, SB4052, was heard in the Senate General Welfare, Health & Human Services committee. No vote was taken, but the bill may be heard again in the next two weeks.

This bill would allow a person to change the sex designation on his or her birth certificate upon receiving a sworn statement from a medical professional indicating that a person's gender has changed.

We'd like to send a big congratulations to our ally, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, for all their hard work on lobbying for the bill. We would also like to thank TEP members for generating almost 1000 emails to members of the House and Senate committees charged with deliberating on these bills. The teamwork has been outstanding.

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