Transgender bill advances in N.J.

12/30/2013 | (Hackensack, N.J.) ·

The New Jersey Legislature passed a bill this month that would allow transgender residents to receive birth certificates that reflect their gender identity rather than biological sex. The state has allowed transgender residents who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to obtain new certificates since 1984, and the bill would extend that ability to those who choose hormonal therapy. "It's their choice. It's their certificate. And at the end of the day, it's their right to do this," said Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale, who sponsored the bill. It is unclear whether Gov. Chris Christie will sign the legislation.

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