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Kansas Moves to Pass Its Own Transgender Legislation

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Wichita Eagle

North Carolina gained national attention this month for its transgender bathroom law. Texas has moved to support the Carolinians by passing its own bathroom law. But now, Kansas is looking to get in on the act, reports The Wichita Eagle. A new Kansas law would bar transgender people from updating the sex on their birth certificates. Currently, trans people are allowed to change the gender on their birth certificate after completing gender reassignment surgery.

Advocates for the LGBT community say the law would open trans people up to further discrimination and harassment. The state law would go against federal policy, which allows transgender people to change their gender on documents after they transition.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Sam Brownback, issued a statement saying: “The statute . . . allows only minor corrections to birth certificates and changing the sex designation is not a minor change.”