Increasingly, same-sex couples are raising children, and this has legal implications.

One of the most important documents many people want to have list their correct sex is their birth record.

The process of legally changing your name is fairly straightforward and generally does not require an attorney.

Though Minnesota permits marriage between two people regardless of their sex, some couples prefer not to marry for political, cultural, economic, or other reasons.

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services has two options for changing the sex information listed on one’s driver’s license or similar card

The federal Equal Access Act (20 USC 4071 et seq.) mandates that under certain circumstances, students who wish to create or run a GSAs (“Gay-Straight Alliances” or “Gender and Sexuality Alliances”) have the legal right to do so

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In recent years, several Minnesota school districts have adopted “gender inclusion policies,” which articulate a district’s planned approach to accommodating the needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming students

Transition services and health insurance coverage

A “health care directive” permits the person(s) you designate to make critical medical decisions on your behalf, often including the ultimate decisions about your medical care and even withholding food or water under certain circumstances

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A variety of conditions that lead to atypical development of physical sex characteristics are collectively referred to as intersex conditions. These conditions can involve abnormalities of the external genitals, internal reproductive organs, sex chromosomes or sex-related hormones.

As of August 2013, Minnesota joined those states allowing same-sex couples to marry on the same terms as different-sex couples

In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Education, working with the Department of Human Rights, released its Transgender Toolkit, a booklet outlining a series of best-practice recommendations for schools working to address the concerns confronting transgender and gender-nonconforming students

Information for LGBTQ Students: State and federal law offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender/gender-conforming students protection from discrimination and harassment in their schools

In 2014, the Minnesota State High School League approved a policy allowing transgender/gender-nonconforming students to establish their eligibility to play on the team corresponding to their lived gender

A “partnership agreement” is a contract between two people in a committed, but usually unmarried, relationship which makes clear the nature of that relationship and the rights and responsibilities of the partners>

Getting a new passport

A power of attorney is your written authorization that another person is able to act in your name in certain types of transactions, and under certain circumstances or with limitations you establish ahead of time

Trans people and restroom access

Changing your social security record (see Part B)

If a couple chooses not to pursue legal adoption, they can still take other steps to protect the relationship between the child and the non-biological parent

Federal law also protects Minnesota trans students. Title IX prohibits discrimination in federally-funded public schools on the basis of "sex" (See: 20 USC § 1681)

For trans students applying to colleges, very confusing questions can arise surrounding financial aid

Minnesota law recognizes families formed through marriage, blood, and adoption