New York law states that transpeople must undergo genital surgery to change the gender status on their birth certificates. Canada’s similar laws are not as intrusive and unconstitutional, but nonetheless make things more difficult than they should be.
Gender is not always connected to sex and government is meant to protect its country’s people, not check what’s in their pants (or under their skirts) and define them with an M or F.
Says Sam Berkley, an NYC (trans)man, “I don’t feel comfortable with the government deciding whether I’m a man or not”.
Governments (especially that of the United States) are obsessed with controlling citizens’ gender identities and sexual preferences. When poverty, violence and prejudice are running rampant and taking lives, aren’t there more important things for politicians to do than regulate birth certificates and ban marriages?