Magic Valley transgender community hopeful for birth certificate option

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In the Magic Valley, the transgender community is hopeful after U.S. Magistrate Judge Judy Candy Dale ruled allowing for transgender people in Idaho to change their gender on birth certificates if they wish to do so.

Cole Kraut and Eden Rose live in the Magic Valley, both want to be accepted but have faced different struggles during their transition.

“There was just small inclining moments throughout my childhood. I didn’t really know my first trans person until I was 19,” said Kraut.

Kraut was born in Wisconsin. He said he has go through their state to change his gender on his birth certificate but he’s thrilled about the progress he’s seen in Idaho for the transgender community.

“I think it’s great, I think it’s awesome, it’s definitely have been a long time coming, however we still have a long way to go,” Kraut said.

At 22 years of age, he said having the capability to change your gender on a legal document can be a defining moment.

“When I got my name changed in my driver license, it wasn’t a matter of like should I, would I, is this really what I want to do. It was like OK it's happening, yeah it’s just a document but having that document open so many doors,” he said.

The ruling indicated the state must consider applications of transgender people who wish to change their gender by April 6. The ruling also added that when the birth certificates are reissued to the person, there should be no record of the gender changed.

Eden Rose plans to change her gender when she has the time.

“It would just be another step that I’ve taken care of something else that marks my progress in completely transitioning,” Rose said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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