by Danny S. Yoder on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
Sometimes birth certificates bear witness to confused conceptions of parentage and legitimacy. England and Wales, for instance, have a dizzying set of rules about when the surname can be changed on the birth certificate, related to parental marriage status, who was present at registration, and what surname the child takes. However, in recognition of same_sex relationships, a U.K. birth certificate can list two mothers and no father. A birth certificate in Argentina can now list two mothers and a father.
But these examples are outliers. In some places, gender markers on birth certificates can only be changed following gender_reassignment surgery. In many others, even that option is disallowed. This creates a situation where an adult whose gender identity isn't reflected on their birth certificate might also be stuck with their birth_certificate gender on all the other official identity markers that are derived from it, such as ID cards and passports.