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Washington State Dept of Health – Options To Change Birth Cert Will Now Be ‘Male/Female/X’

Washington State residents will now be able to state their gender as X, rather than male or female, thus updating their birth certificates, in the case of transgender, intersex and other non-binary individuals, according to Washington State Department of Health.

On December 27, 2017, the Department of Health filed the Rule-making Order to adopt proposed WAC 246-490-075, changing sex designation on a birth certificate, under Washington State Register 18-02-048.

The adopted rule:

  • Sets application requirements to request a sex designation change on a birth certificate
  • Sets designation options as male, female, and X
  • Defines X as a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified

The adopted rule applies only to amendments made to birth certificates after the original record is completed at the time of birth.

The adopted rule differs from the proposed rule by clearly stating that an adult may apply for a sex designation change on their birth certificate, through a guardian appointed pursuant to chapter 11.92 RCW.

This change reflects what is already provided for under state statute, and does not change the effect of the rule as proposed.

The adopted rule will become effective on January 27, 2018.

For more information go to:

Birth Certificate Gender Change Rule Making  (Word)

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