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Social Security moves to be socially responsible on Trans Rights

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 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.

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Transgender Policies Progress at LGBT Caucus

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President Barack Obama was the first President of the United States to have a closed-door meeting with transgender activists concerning transgender rights. Some of the Progress For Transgender People Made by President Barack Obama and His Administration: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs. The Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport without surgery, making the process less burdensome for transgender people. President Obama signed the Byrd-Shepard hate crimes bill. President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. President Obama appointed the first transgender DNC member, Diego Sanchez. President Obama conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAGE. The Social Security Administration stopped its Continue reading