Changing the Gender Marker on a Colorado Driver's Licence

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Title

Changing the Gender Marker on a Colorado Driver's Licence

Subject

Transgender people
Southern Colorado
Colorado
Rural communities
Drivers' licenses

Description

"Identity documents are a major area of legal concern for transgender people. Beyond reasons of quality of life, convenience and even physical safety, IDs that match the gender marker of the person holding them are important in many simple day to day activities. The gender marker is the M or F listed as ‘Sex’ on a driver’s licence. Many transgender people have difficulty with, or avoid altogether, interactions that involve showing an ID because of the possible reactions of the person examining the ID and seeing someone who doesn’t match the picture or gender marker. Even going into a club or bar with an ID that doesn’t have a gender marker that looks like it matches the person showing the ID can create a situation where the ID checker has reason to believe it is a fake. This can lead to life-threatening and uncomfortable moments.

Currently, not all U.S. states allow the gender marker to be changed on a driver's license according to the latest information from the Human Rights Campaign. In Colorado, the process requires form DR2083, Medical Information Authorization for Change of Sex Designation, to be picked up, in person, at a Colorado DMV office.

In June of 2012, I went to the DMV in my rural town in Colorado where the DMV has only two clerks. I had picked up my form, in person, gotten the doctor’s signature and went back to turn it in. The following audio is the story of what transpired." -Kieran Hixon

Creator

Kieran Hixon

Date

2014

Format

mp3

Language

eng

Type

Sound

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Kieran Hixon

Duration

00:07:29

Citation

Kieran Hixon, “Changing the Gender Marker on a Colorado Driver's Licence,” Stories of Colorado, accessed August 22, 2019, https://stories.cvlcollections.org/items/show/2.