Improve Quality of Life For Trans Virginians
Non-Binary Gender Marker & Modernized Update Process on State IDs and Licenses
Senator Scott Surovell’s SB 246 allows Virginians to select a non-binary gender marker option on DMV licenses and IDs. It also eliminates the requirement to have any special forms or letters from a healthcare provider in order to update one’s gender marker. This means Virginians will now be able to select for themselves ‘male,’ ‘female,’ or ‘non-binary’ on their state license or ID.
To make this update, select the gender marker on the application form that best fits, and follow the regular guidelines to get a replacement card! The gender marker you select does not need to match what is listed on other documents you show the DMV. This change will allow transgender and non-binary Virginians to easily update their state ID with an accurate gender marker so they can live more safely and authentically.
Modernized Birth Certificate Update Process
Senator Jennifer Boysko’s SB 657 and Delegate Marcus Simon’s HB 1041 modernize the process of obtaining a birth certificate that matches one’s identity. The legislation eliminates the requirement for a court order or proof of medical procedure in order to update one’s gender marker on a Virginia birth certificate. It will also allow for a new birth certificate to be issued, rather than merely an amended one that shows old information.
Virginians still need to have a form completed by a health care provider who states they have undergone clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition. What clinically appropriate treatment looks like is between a patient and their health care provider, but could include one or more of the following: change in gender expression or gender role, counseling, hormone replacement therapy, or gender-confirming surgeries. Click here for more information about this process.
Health Insurance Protections for Trans Virginians
Delegate Danica Roem’s HB 1429 protects transgender and non-binary people from discrimination in state-regulated health insurance plans, which is about one in four health plans in Virginia. This means that the health insurance plan must cover any medically necessary treatment for a transgender person that it already covers for a cisgender person. Additionally, health insurance companies cannot deny you care simply because the treatment you need is not generally associated with your gender identity, the sex you were assigned at birth, or the gender marker listed with your health care provider or insurance company.
Voting without a Photo ID
Delegate Joseph Lindsey’s HB 19 will allow voters to cast a ballot without showing an ID containing a photo. This important update will increase access to the polls for those who have had difficulty accessing a photo ID. This legislation is also particularly important to transgender voters, who have sometimes had difficulty casting a ballot due to their appearance not matching the photo on their ID. Instead voters can prove their identity with one of the following:
- Voter confirmation documents
- Valid Virginia driver’s license, valid United States passport, or any other identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
- Any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth or any private school located in the Commonwealth
- Any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any other state or territory of the United States
- Any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing the name and address of the voter