Lauren McLaughlin says,
The New York Times ran a story this week about New York City's plan to permit people to change the gender on their birth certificates even if they haven't had sex reassignment surgery. The move comes after much advocacy by transgender groups who believe that gender has to do with much more than anatomy. For many transgendered people, in fact, anatomy is itself a mixed bag. This new move allows individuals to decide for themselves whether they are male or female.