Respect After Death Act California AB 1577


We can’t pick where we were born and those of us unfortunate enough to have been born in states that merely draw a line through the former gender designator instead of issuing a new birth certificate will never be able to have a vital birth document that accurately reflects who we are. We may have a bit more control over where we die and I hope California does the right thing.

Life in the TRANS lane

 ImageIf I were to die tomorrow how would I be recognized, would my death certificate read male or female? This is not a question that the majority of people think about because they have cisgender privilege.   However, this is a question that transgender people have to ask themselves. It would be nice if the answer to this question involved another question. How did the deceased person identify? Unfortunately, the current answer to this question isn’t concerned with identity at all; it is only concerned with genitals.

 California Assembly Bill 1577, the Respect After Death Act, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and sponsored by Equality California and Transgender Law Center aims to change this. If this bill becomes law it will ensure transgender people have their authentic gender identity reflected on their death certificates.   On May 15th, AB 1577 passed the CA Assembly. The next stop…

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