Transgender people from CT can change their birth certificate. We talked to someone who did

Did you know that transgender people from Connecticut can change the information on their birth certificates? 

Transgender rights are an increasingly mainstream topic in the United States. However, the transgender experience is frequently more complex than its portrayal in the media. We spoke with Garrett Garborcauskas, a scientist born and raised in Connecticut, who is also a transgender man. He sat down with Mieum Media to explain explain his experience concerning an oft-overlooked issue: altering birth certificates.


Extended interview with Garrett Garborcauskas:


Citations:

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#45: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.

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