Birth Certificates are something people only care about when getting a driver’s license or a passport. People don’t think about their Birth Certificate because in there mind it is just a formality of who the are.
Well for transgender people, we think about it with horror and fear. It says we were officially recognized as a gender that is diametrically opposite to what our brain says. It reminds us that thing are wrong.
I hated the very sight of my Birth Certificate. I buried in a file hoping it would magically change and the next time I needed it I would smile.
For transgender people the hurdles are daunting and having a Birth Certificate that is opposite to how we present ourselves creates wreckage in our lives. For people that have conservative laws, getting a driver’s license is frustrating and embarrassing.
As an Oregonian, the laws are helpful to transgender people. We can get a driver’s license that corresponds to the gender our brains screams about. We can also get a legal change in Gender via a court order.
Well today I received my correct Birth Certificate and I am happy. I now can look at my Birth Certificate and smile.
I know that the road for other transgender people is more difficult. I just hope we will see a day when people do not have to deal with insurmountable hurdles.