My amended birth certificate arrived in the mail on Saturday, and it made me the happiest I’ve felt on this gender journey so far. It’s really something to see “Sex FEMALE” on the certificate, and I’ve been peeking at it a couple times a day just to savor it.
Being able to look at my birth certificate with my real name and the correct gender marker is nothing short of exhilarating. Everything I’ve been through the past few years feels distilled down into a sense of indescribable achievement.
This was the last government identification I’ve been waiting on to have updated. Last year after changing my name, I updated my Social Security card, my voter registration, my driver’s license, and my passport.
Unless some bureaucrat goes digging in my files to look for the paper trail, as far as the government is concerned, [deadname] the guy doesn’t exist any more. No more will I have to suffer the indignity of paperwork not agreeing with reality.
I am Heather, born female. I have been reborn.
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