THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — This is the big one — a precedent that will domino down to other government agencies across the country — even reluctant holdouts (states) may convert to avoid the expense of defending legal action.
To begin with, the SSA will no longer have the surgery requirement and will instead just require “appropriate clinical treatment”. New SSA staff guidelines will be issued for interaction with trans people, including the proper usage of pronouns and proper respect.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality are both behind this policy change. This modernization, according to the NCTE, is the biggest government policy win for trans Americans because SS numbers are nearly universal and other government agencies feed off the SS database.
As of this writing, the SSA has not updated their website with the new policy.
Thumbs way up to the NCTE and the NGLTF!
Tip of the hat to: Adifah Crista Kelly Sadler.
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