By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com April 06 2012 7:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh city officials aren't pleased with the University of Pittsburgh's new articulated policy on the use of bathrooms by transgender students and staff, which states they must use the bathroom for the gender on their birth certificate.
Charles Morrison, director of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, called the university's transgender policy “very concerning.” University spokesman Robert Hill says the policy isn't a change, just an articulation of a long-standing practice regarding restrooms.
The problem is that transgender people in Pennsylvania cannot change their birth certificates unless they get gender reassignment surgery. Some states won't even allow transgender people who have the surgery to get new birth certificates. Meanwhile, the city of Pittsburgh considers someone's gender the sex that is "perceived by others," which certainly isn't ideal for all transgender people. Read more here.