Colorado residents now can change birth gender identity
DENVER (AP) — Colorado residents now can change their gender identity on their birth certificate.
KMGH-TV reported the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday voted to simplify the process to change the gender identity.
Under current requirements, a person must undergo gender reassignment surgery and prove it to a judge in order to qualify for the change to their birth certificate.
Under new rules, those wishing to change their identity would simply need to fill out a form — no surgery required. Minors also will need a note from either a doctor or a mental health professional supporting the transition. Those who want to change their gender identity can only do so once without a court order.
The board also voted to allow more identifying options for birth certificates. There will now be four options: male, female, X and intersex.
So much for the models that predicted a cool, wet summer for us here in western Colorado — at least I think it’s hot this July. Ranchers are probably relieved that it’s been a good haying season, and after the cool spring, it’s nice to have a “normal” summer, but it is indeed hot.