Starting today, new Wisconsin parents who don’t identify as either male or female can choose a gender-neutral option for their child’s birth certificate.
Gov. Tony Evers and the state’s Department of Health Services announced Monday that as part of their “trans-inclusivity” initiative the forms that generate birth certificates will include “parent-parent” combinations, in addition to the “mother-father” distinction.
“This change reflects my and my administration’s commitment to gender-neutral terminology and to recognizing that Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected,” Evers said in the statement on Monday.
As we celebrate #Pride, @DHSWI and I are excited to announce that, starting Thursday, Wisconsin parents will have a gender-neutral option for parents. This change reflects our continued commitment to recognizing that every family deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) June 28, 2021
“I am glad to see this change being made as we continue to update our state policies and procedures to better reflect the Wisconsinites we serve,” he continued.
The press release also identifies additional gender-inclusive language such as “parent giving birth” as another option for “mother.”
A hospital closely connected to the initiative was among the first to praise the change.
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SOURCE: Charisma News