By Matthew Hutson, published on March 1, 2007 - last reviewed on November 20, 2015
People whose self-identified gender doesn't match the body they were born with are trying to set the records straight. There's a growing demand for the right to "correct" the sex on birth certificates without the corresponding surgery. Those who consider the operations dangerous, unaffordable, or unnecessary would only need affidavits from a doctor and a mental-health professional supporting their decisions. The proposal's opponents point to practical concerns ranging from restroom use to national security issues. Should the swap be so simple?