Letter: For gender nonconforming community, two crucial bills

Published: 4/15/2019 12:01:21 AM

When I was born, the doctor declared “It’s a girl!” My parents happily agreed, and named me Amy Elizabeth McEntee. They then filled in the sex designation on my birth record as female. I lived the first 45 years of my life believing that to be correct.

About two years ago, I finally had the words to describe how I was feeling about my gender identity my entire life. It did not lie within the confines of a binary, but somewhere between male and female. Some people refer to this as nonbinary, and I think of my expression as gender-queer. I have changed my legal name within the court system here in New Hampshire. My name on my New Hampshire’s driver’s license and my Social Security card both read Alex Brendan McEntee. I would like my driver’s license and birth certificate to fully reflect my lived identity.

The New Hampshire Senate has two important opportunities to recognize the state’s gender nonconforming community. House Bill 669 would add a nonbinary sex designation, X, to the existing M and F markers on state ID. HB 446 would allow for the same sex designation options on birth records. Birth records are the legal basis of our existence and belonging in the world, and state ID plays a part in my daily life.

HB 446 and HB 669 would make changes to these documents more accurate and less complicated for gender nonconforming folks like me.

ALEX McENTEE

Concord




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