U.S. Social Security Removes Surgical Requirement for Gender Marker Change

Social Security Removes Surgical Requirement for Gender Marker Change

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revised its policy around changing one’s gender marker on a Social Security card, removing the SRS requirement and opting instead for verification via a passport or birth certificate reflecting the applicant’s accurate gender, or a certification from a physician confirming that the applicant has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.

“Transgender people know that this seemingly small technical change will protect their privacy and give them more control over their own lives” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), in a statement heralding the announcement.

The SSA also issued guidelines for interviewing transgender people, assuring appropriate pronoun usage, confidentiality, and respect and dignity.

For more information on how the change impacts trans Americans, check out NCTE’s FAQ here [PDF].

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