Ending Birth Certificate Discrimination in North Carolina

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North Carolina does not permit people born in the state to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate without proof of having undergone “sex reassignment surgery.” G.S. § 130A-118. This discriminatory requirement presents a barrier, sometimes insurmountable, to many transgender people born in North Carolina, particularly those who may not need, may not be able to afford, or cannot have gender confirmation surgery. 

Lambda Legal and partners across North Carolina are working to change this discriminatory requirement. That is why we are gathering reports of people who people are unable to correct the gender marker on their North Carolina birth certificate because they do not desire, do not need, cannot afford, or cannot get gender confirmation surgery. We are also interested in reports from people who have experienced instances in which having to show their incorrect birth certificate compromised their safety or caused them a specific loss (e.g., caused them to be rejected for employment) or harm (e.g., cost them money or significant inconvenience).

Please answer the following questions in as much detail as possible. We will not share any of your information without your consent.

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CW: This survey asks about gender confirmation surgery.

Birth Certificate Discrimination in North Carolina











Question - Required - Have you attempted to change the gender marker on your North Carolina birth certificate?


Question - Required - Have you been able to obtain gender confirmation surgery?







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Lambda Legal

c/o NC Birth Certificate Tracker

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10005

Your answers to these questions will help us better understand how we can challenge North Carolina’s harmful policy. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Without you, we could not work towards this needed change. The information you have shared with us will remain confidential between Lambda Legal and its legal partners. This is not an offer of legal assistance, just a request for information. We will contact you only if we need to follow up with you.


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