Correction: The map indicating states that require sterilizing surgeries vary depending on whether an individual is obtaining a gender change on a driver’s license or a birth certificate.
For driver’s licenses, eight states require proof of surgery (but not necessarily sterilizing surgeries), court order, or an amended birth certificate: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Iowa.
For birth certificates, fourteen states require a sterilizing surgery in order to change the gender marker: Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and New Hampshire.
You can learn more about identification documents requirements from the Movement Advancement Project.
This was so informative.
I love your work. This was so accessible and informative!
Can you do one for trans women and fertility? :) I would be happy to chat about my experience if it’s helpful.
I had to donate sperm this year, bc I am prepping for bottom surgery. It was weird. Luckily, as of 2021, my insurance (Kaiser) covers it! But I am pretty sure that’s not the norm.
Wow, so grateful this resource exists!
This is awesome, and wow that WPATH citation is ridiculous. Thanks for sharing better info.
Seconding Abeni’s request for the equivalent for trans women, I got someone I’d pass that on to. This was so well done! (A full list of citations in a webcomic? :heart_eyes: My not-so-inner nerd salutes you.)
This was amazing- thank you.
This is so good! Also way more informative and thorough than the scientific research we read through. We gave up on the idea of reciprocal IVF in part due to a doctor’s outright dismissal of the idea of using my testosterone-taking partner’s eggs. Even though we knew better, it’s exhausting fighting the medical system constantly
This was so informative! It would also be interesting to hear about people’s experiences of going through this single vs partnered.
Also, can I just say, after having done IVF for 3+ years, and knowing a lot of people who’ve gone through it, I have never heard of anyone getting 14 eggs from a cycle, let alone 18! Geez. Although I have read lots of times that 12-15 is a normal amount.
Thank you!! I’m bookmarking this. In case you haven’t already considered: this would make an incredible zine.
Great resource, it should be put on the wall at health centers/community centers. It really seems like cis doctors are just making assumptions based on how they *feel* about how testosterone should work.
I loved this illustration style. I asked doctors about sterilisation for 15 years now, and it’s only now I’m transitioning that anyone is taking me seriously. It really pisses me off.
I love this! So great! Thank you Will!
FYI – my surgeon referred to my top surgery as “an irreversible FTM gender reassignment surgery” in her letter and I was able to change the sex marker on both my driver’s license and my birth certificate in North Carolina with no problems. It doesn’t solve the problem of requiring *a* surgery, but I figure it’s worth asking your surgeon for similar phrasing if you live in a state listed as requiring sterilization.
I Literally just talked to my provider about how T would affect my fertility like 20 mins ago. Immensely grateful for folks who share their experiences and parse the existing data for the rest of us, and to Autostraddle for giving us the platform and space to do so
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