Death and Transgender – The Laws v. Reality

This year a law goes in effect in California that will require Coroners and  Medical Examiners to record the gender the deceased ‘wants to be’ rather than what the actual physiologic gender is. Many other states will likely follow.  This means the deceased can have an intact penis proudly displayed under his skirt and still have a death certificate list the person as female.

This issue is not a human rights issue, it’s not a Gay or Trans rights issue. It’s an issue of proper medical determination and common sense.  I’m not attempting to dictate how someone wants to live their life, how they dress, or what sexual relations they wish to participate in.  My medical and investigative point is – people are born male or female and their opinion cannot change that.  Okay, I know a very small percentage of the population are born as hermaphrodites, I’m not talking about that.  This is an actual medical condition.

I can start telling people I’m a pony but I’m not a pony regardless of how I dress or how often I say it.  If I get hurt would you call a Veterinarian or a Medical Doctor

I explore these issue in detail in the audio podcast.


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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

2 comments on Death and Transgender – The Laws v. Reality

  1. Joseph Bishop says:

    Hi Darren,
    THIS is why I listen to Coroner Talk, THIS is why I jumped on the DITAcademy (21 Aug 2017 graduate)! Because I have learned to trust that YOU won’t shy away from issues that impacts the Death Investigation process, no matter how controversial the topic. The points you bring out and the inevitable effects it can have to our industry are well made. “Legislators Take Heed!”

    On the other topic (the SRN Barrier), This is a sorely needed item in death investigations, which once again, you have made known to your listeners. And, I particularly got a kick out of the mention of Clark County Coroner’s office. 😉

    Well, thanks for another great episode, looking forward to the next one.
    Be safe brother.
    Joseph Bishop
    Las Vegas, NV (Yes you can read this on air if it would be worthy)

  2. J Schweitzer says:

    Good stuff. It takes real balls to speak out these days, but we really really need it. Hope you are don’t get too much hate from the lunatics that have taken over the asylum. The world has lost it, and unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to get better.

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