I finally legally exist!
On July 1st, 2014 it finally happened. The law that made it impossible for me and many others like me to change their gender on any official documents dropped the sterilization and surgery requirements. This change had been promised for several years but was shoved off the table many times. Statistically speaking trans people are only a small percentage of the population which I can only presume is why this wasn’t put very high on the scale of importance.
The new law requires a statement from an expert (like a therapist or endocrinologist you’ve been seeing) in written form which I could request from the hospital quite easily. I had made an appointment with the city hall of my birth on July 11th, 2014 to change the information on my birth certificate. When I went over there, letter in hand, I was not exactly expecting a hall filled with trans people, but I was also not expecting to be told that I was only the second person to come in to make that change either. Since I hadn’t changed my legal name either yet I had them make that change as well. The entire process was quite short and painless. When all was done the lady who helped me gave me an official copy of my birth certificate, now with proper name and gender, shook my hand, and congratulated me.
Afterward I had given our local city hall the updated information and requested a new ID card which I was able to pick up not long after. It looks quite spiffy but of course comes with the mandatory crappy mugshot.
While I rarely encountered any problems whenever I had to show my old ID, it was still a bit distressing to see my old name and pronouns show up in much of my official paperwork. I’m still in the process of updating all of them, ranging from cellphone company to PayPal. Many of these I had already changed years ago as many companies don’t care what your ID says as long as your personal ‘serial number’ remains the same.