The Social Security Administration has just inched its way forward in equality by allowing transgender people to change their listed sex without having to prove they’ve gone through gender re-assignment surgery. However that doesn’t mean there aren’t still hoops to jump through. The SSA must receive a letter from the persons doctor confirming they have had “appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.” Again, this is still good news the National Center for Transgender Equality points out “no specific type of treatment is required, and details of your treatment should not be included in the letter from your physician to the SSA.” Hear that? The fight for equality is even being won in the Social Security offices. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality replied to the good news in a statement saying:
“Most people may not see this as a big deal, but transgender people know that this seemingly small technical change will protect their privacy and give them more control over their own lives.”
Another minor, but still substantial victory for equality. — Story via Salon.
- Social Security allows transgender people to change gender listing without surgery (syndicatednewsservices.com)
- Social Security Administration Makes Strides In Transgender Rights, Removes Surgical Requirement (towleroad.com)