'X' now 3rd option for gender on Washington birth certificate

    'X' is now the third option for gender on Washington states birth certificates starting Jan. 27 (KOMO News) <p>{/p}

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (KOMO) -- The state Department of Health announced Thursday that starting January 27 there will be a third gender option for Washington state birth certificates.

    The new rule will allow people to change the sex designation on their birth certificate to "X," according to a state Department of Health news release.

    "After receiving and considering public comment, the agency determined that this rule change will provide individuals with the option to have a birth certificate that aligns with their gender identity," the Health Department said in the release.

    The rule also removes the requirement for medical attestation for adults making the request to change their sex designation on their birth certificate. It also expands the number of health care professionals who can attest to the gender change for minors.

    According to the release, minors who want to change their sex designation have to have written consent from a parent or legal guardian and an attestation by a licensed health care professional.

    Those health care providers include psychologists, advanced social works, independent clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors.

    The Health Department held a hearing in early December in Tumwater where they heard testimony for and against the new rule.

    You can go to the Birth Certificate Gender Change Rule Making web page for more details.

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