July 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Calif. trans rights law fully implemented
Jerry Brown, gay news, Washington Blade

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trans rights bill into law last October. (Photo by Phil Konstantin; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The second part of a California transgender rights law took effect on July 1.

Trans Californians who are seeking to obtain a legal name change are no longer required to attend an in-person court hearing unless someone challenges their request. They also do not need to publish their name change in a local newspaper.

The first phase of Assembly Bill 1121 that took effect in January eliminated the requirement that trans Californians must obtain a court order to allow them to change the gender on their birth certificate. The law only requires them to submit a form and a letter from their doctor to the California Department of Public Health and pay a $23 fee.

“These new protections were created to improve the safety and privacy needs of transgender people seeking to obtain accurate and consistent identity documents,” said the Transgender Law Center in a press release.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last October.

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