Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed HB631, making it easier for transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.
Equality Hawaii worked closely with Hawaii's transgender activists and allies to support this crucial legislation. The new law eliminates the requirement that someone must undergo gender reassignment surgery before officially changing their gender identity.
"Having a birth certificate that accurately reflects gender expression is really critical in so many aspects of daily life," says Equality Hawaii's Director Andrea Anderson, "including employment, healthcare and education. Join us in thanking Gov. Ige for signing HB631!"
SCOTUS & Marriage Equality Panel Discussion On Olelo In August
Thanks to Olelo Community Media, the July 10 panel discussion presented by Equality Hawaii and the LGBT Legacy Foundation will be available on TV and on the Olelo website in August.
Organized by Rebecca Copeland, the event featured some of the most important proponents of equality in Hawaii, including: Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Justice Steven Levinson (ret.), Dr. David McEwan, Clyde Wadsworth, and Deirdre Marie-Iha, Esq.
Held at the LGBT Center, the discussion explored the impact of the Supreme Court decision, how opponents of equality are trying to circumvent it, and the work ahead to secure social justice for all.