The Hawaii Legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change.
Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige...
Many people don't want to have surgery or can't afford the hefty price tag, which can cost $20,000 to switch from female to male - just on the bottom, Ramos said.
Having identification that doesn't match one's outward appearance causes problems applying for jobs, student loans, health insurance and other services. The change could pave the way for transgender people to access life's necessities and participate more fully in society, advocates said...
MHFM Comment: The bolded portion of this article shows how insane this really is.
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