Illinois will now allow biological males to be listed as mothers on birth certificates

by Daniel Payne · Jan 13th, 2020 3:11 pm

Illinois is making changes to its state birth certificate forms, officially allowing a woman presenting as a man to be listed as the father.

The state is making the change at the behest of two transgender individuals, Myles and Precious Brady-Davis, both of whom place themselves on the gender-divergent spectrum. Myles Brady-Davis was born a female but identifies as "transmasculine," while Precious, born a male, identifies as a woman.

Myles Brady-Davis gave birth to the couple's baby in December, after which the couple discovered that Illinois birth certificates only give the option "Mother/Co-Parent." With help of the pro-LGBT organization Lambda Legal, the couple successfully persuaded state officials to change the form.

"Growing up, I always wanted to be a dad, so now that I'm a father, it means a lot to me that my child's identifying document states that," Myles Brady-Davis told local media.


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