Paper may be passé in the digital age, but for a trans person, a sheet of tree pulp can make the difference between getting a job and getting fired, between traveling freely and having a routine traffic stop turn into a showdown because her gender presentation doesn’t match her identification forms. After years of campaigning by DC Trans Coalition members and longtime activists like Ruby Corado and Earline Budd, 2013 brought legislative action to allow trans people to change the gender on their birth certificates to match who they truly are. Authored by David Catania and introduced or co-sponsored by 12 of the 13 councilmembers, the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act passed unanimously. Now, D.C.-born transfolk can complete the process with a letter from a healthcare provider and a form that’s just a click away on the D.C. Department of Health website. This marks a serious improvement from the former lengthy court process that required proof of surgery and a public announcement of name change in the local newspaper, and puts D.C. at the forefront of accurate birth certificate access nationwide.