Victory for California Transgender Rights: SSA Updates Gender Policy
Posted on Jul 05, 2013
Advocates for transgender equality scored a tremendous victory when the Social Security Administration officially changed their policy regarding gender designation in an individual’s Social Security record.
Under the old policy, the only option for a person who wanted to change their gender designation with the SSA was to submit proof of gender reassignment surgery.
For many years, a coalition of transgender advocacy groups has promoted a more inclusive policy, like those established by the US State Department and the Veterans Health Administration. Ideally, the SSA gender designation policy would better protect the privacy of a transitioning individual while also accounting for the realities of transition-related care—and recognizing that their old policy was out of touch with the current medical consensus on gender identification.
Late this June, the SSA released their new policy, allowing for a transgender person to change the gender marker on their Social Security record with any one of the following documents:
- A signed letter from a licensed, transition-related care physician with whom the person has a relationship, stating that the person has had “appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition”
- A court order recognizing the correct gender
- A state-issued birth certificate showing the correct gender
- A US passport showing the correct gender
Because Social Security benefits are not contingent on gender, changing one’s gender marker will have no impact on eligibility for individual or marriage-related benefits.
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