House approves bill to allow transgender Coloradans to get new birth certificates

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DENVER — The Colorado State House voted 40-25 Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow transgender Coloradans to obtain a new birth certificate reflecting their preferred gender identity.

Under HB 15-1265, people born in Colorado or the parents or guardians of transgender minors could request and receive a new birth certificate changing the gender designation.

The request must include a licensed health care provider’s statement that the person has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other gender transition treatment, or stating that the person has an intersex condition, House Democrats said in a statement.

Under current law, transgender Coloradans may only receive an amended birth certificate. Some feel that process invites potential discrimination in the workplace and other places a birth certificate may need to be shown.

“We should respect the privacy and the rights of transgender Coloradans, and I’m pleased to see strong bipartisan support for this bill,” said bill sponsor Rep. Moreno, D-Commerce City.

The bill now heads to the state Senate.