by Romana M. Brown on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
As the old Joni Mitchell song goes, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." This is never more true than when it comes to your birth certificate. Sometimes it seems like it stays in your safe deposit box or the old shoebox in the closet without use for years. Then, all of a sudden, you need it for everything! Even if you do not find yourself using it very often, it can make sense to go ahead and make sure to keep a couple of certified copies on file, just in case! After all, you may find yourself facing one of these seven instances where you may need a birth certificate.
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.