This is a historic moment for transgender New Jerseyans:
Starting February 1st 2019, the “Babs Siperstein Law” goes into effect, allowing individuals to update their birth certificate to match their gender identity without invasive, outdated, or burdensome restrictions.
For New Jerseyans, this is a day we can all be immensely proud. But for transgender community, believe me, this is life changing.
Transgender individuals will no longer need to seek a doctor’s approval or provide proof of surgery—a costly, intrusive barrier unavailable to many in our community—to have this critical document reflect the gender identity we live out every day. Moreover, for those who identify as non-binary, a third gender option will be available.
For nearly a decade and multiple vetoes, we battled the former administration to secure these important protections for the transgender community. Today, with the law signed and in effect, we have to thank Governor Phil Murphy, Senate prime sponsors Joe Vitale and Loretta Weinberg, and Assembly prime sponsors Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Andrew Zwicker, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, and former Assemblyperson Reed Gusciora.
I’m deeply humbled and honored that Assemblyperson John J. Burzichelli named this legislation after me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for lawmakers’ courage and tenacity in making this law reality for transgender New Jerseyans.
I’m immensely proud of what we’ve accomplished for transgender New Jerseyans. But make no mistake, there’s more work to do. And I’ll be fighting here alongside you until every LGBTQ person in New Jersey is equal.