Should transgender people be permitted to amend their birth certificates without undergoing gender-reassignment surgery?

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Should transgender people be permitted to amend their birth certificates without undergoing gender-reassignment surgery?

Christopher Hagg
soldier | Malmo, Sweden
“Sure, why not? There may be all sorts of legal consequences [that] I’m not aware of but from my point of view, it’s fine for transgender people to change their birth certificate. I’m sympathetic to the transgender community. As long as people aren’t hurting anyone, I don’t care what they do.”

Christopher Hagg
soldier | Malmo, Sweden
“Sure, why not? There may be all sorts of legal consequences [that] I’m not aware of but from my point of view, it’s fine for transgender people to change their birth certificate. I’m sympathetic to the transgender community. As long as people aren’t hurting anyone, I don’t care what they do.”

Jessica Mele
student | Rittenhouse Square
“Yes, but I think the person should have at least two years on hormone therapy, and be well into their transition. And there should be sufficient documentation from a professional who recommends the [birth-certificate] change. Those steps are needed to weed out fraudsters, people doing it for the wrong reason.”

David Metz
store manager | South Philadelphia
“No, it’s a historical document that shouldn’t be tampered with. A birth certificate should state the gender that you were born with. I’m fine with whatever anyone wants to be. I’m not God, I can’t judge them. But I draw the line at changing a birth certificate.”

Lukeja Wnukowski
student | South Philadelphia
“Yes, if that’s what they want, their wishes should be respected. They should be taken at their word, and officials should grant their request. It’s an issue of self-determination. I’m a strong supporter of the transgender community.”