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While the far-right is freaking out, we been knew that the gender binary was violently imposed by white colonists. But as always, recovery from a colonial hangover is painfully slow.
The American Medical Association advocates for the removal of sex as a legal form of designation on the public portion of birth certificates under a new policy that will be rolled out in June 1st.
“Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female, and making that information available on the public portion, perpetuates a view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual’s self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization,” AMA Board Chair-Elect Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, said in a statement.
Sarah Mae Smith, representing Women Physicians Section, cited how similar to ‘sex’ designation, a person’s parents’ race used to be included on the public portions of birth certificates, leading to discrimination: "Now, likewise, the information on sex assigned at birth is being used to undermine the rights of our transgender, intersex, and nonbinary patients,” Smith told WebMD.
"Obligating our patients to jump through numerous administrative hoops to identify as who they are based on a sex assigned at birth primarily on genitalia is not only unnecessary but actively deleterious to their health," Smith told WebMD.
Under the policy, a person’s gender assigned at birth would still be collected for medical, public health and statistical use.
This announcement started gaining popularity in the past few days, but was announced mid-June, when AMA stated its policies to remove obstacles interfering with patient care.