Bill would ease gender-ID change for transgender citizens

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has endorsed a plan to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates. The Democratic-led chamber approved the proposal 63-43 Thursday. It would allow transgender citizens to change their gender designation with authorization from a medical professional confirming they have undergone medically appropriate treatment. Current law requires proof of a surgical operation. At least a dozen other states no longer require surgery.