Proposed law in California would ensure transgender people die as they lived

Respect After Death Act calls for authentic gender identity to be reflected on death certificates.

California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins introduced a bill on Thursday (30 January) that would ensure the authentic gender identity of a transgender person be reflected on their death certificate.

If passed into law, the Respect After Death Act would require that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person’s death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver’s license.

‘Once we are deceased, we are often at the mercy of others to treat us with dignity,’ said Atkins, a lesbian who also authored the historic School Success and Opportunity Act.

‘For transgender people, their gender identity may not be consistently recognized after death by family, friends and even officials,’ said Atkins (pictured). ‘This bill provides an objective way to make sure that a transgender person’s gender will be correctly identified after they pass on.’

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