Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, has shelved his bill that would require a transgender person to undergo sex reassignment surgery before being able to change their sex designation on their driver license. Transgender advocates are breathing a sigh of relief.
“This is really good news,” said Joni Weiss, a transgender board member of the Utah Pride Center. “I don’t think this is the end of it, though.”
Weiss knows that the issue itself isn’t dead and that eventually, likely in another legislative session, it will come up again.
“I think we should welcome the opportunity to work with Wimmer on something that works with the transgender community and meets his and his constituents’ concerns.”
Under current policy, a letter from a therapist stating that a person has undergone therapy and is ready to live life in their target gender is all that is required to change the sex mark on their driver license. Generally, a therapist will only draft such a letter if the person has begun hormone therapy, Weiss said.
Equality Utah Manager of Public Policy Will Carlson was also happy that the bill is likely dead for the session.
“We would like people to still keep an eye on the bill’s status,” he said. “You never know if things might change or if he might change his mind.”
But for now, Weiss says she is “dancing inside.”
“I’m really happy to not have to deal with it right now.”