New York City and New York State both have very restrictive policies for obtaining an updated birth certificate. Since we opened in 2002, SRLP has been at the forefront of the battle to make these documents more accessible. Read about some of our work here:
The materials linked below further document the history of SRLP’s work on this issue, and may be helpful to activists working on similar issues elsewhere.
December 2006: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene withdrew a proposed amendment to the Health Code that would have given access to accurate birth certificates to many transgender people. Read More
October 2006:Proposed changes to New York City’s birth certificate policy:
2002-2003: Below are the letters we sent to DOHMH, which may be useful to you if you are doing similar advocacy in your city or state.
- Initial Letter to Department of Vital Stats
- Leave Behind for Meeting at Vital Stats
- Follow Up Letter about Legal Issues