California is supposed to be one of the most trans friendly states in the US. So, imagine my surprise when the paperwork I submitted to the Superior Court, Los Angeles County for a change of name and gender was returned to me because of two deficiencies. The first was a trivial matter regarding the way certain forms were filled out, which I could easily fix.
The second was a shocker. I had included the affidavit of my surgeon that he had performed SRS and that my sex designation should be female. Apparently, someone in the court clerk’s office decided this was insufficient and insisted I supply, “a recent declaration from the doctor stating the physical gender change.”
That show ignorance on multiple levels. It, as has become fashionable, conflates sex and gender. It’s a minor issue, but gives you an inkling of what is likely to come next. It refers to a requirement that does not exist in California law.
103430. (a) The petition shall be accompanied by an affidavit of a
physician attesting that the person has undergone clinically
appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on
contemporary medical standards, and a certified copy of the court
order changing the applicant’s name, if applicable. The physician’s
affidavit shall be accepted as conclusive proof of gender change if
it contains substantially the following language: “I, (physician’s
full name), (physician’s medical license or certificate number), am a
licensed physician in (jurisdiction). I attest that (name of
petitioner) has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the
purpose of gender transition to (male or female). I declare that the
foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”
Please note that the law says nothing about physical change. It states,”clinically appropriate treatment.
So why am I going to go through the inconvenience, expense and indignity of submitting to the scrutiny of some doctor I’ll never see again in my lifetime? Because I noted a “gotcha” in the way the law is written. It requires the physician’s license or certificate number, which is not included in the affidavit from 1979.
Make no mistake, there is nothing trans friendly in this entire process. It simply runs you through a series of obstacles that are designed to harass and humiliate, while taking your money.