LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATED Feb. 24, 2014: A trans widow who was denied survivors benefits found the Social Security Administration reversing their stance. The money she was due was deposited into in her bank account earlier this month.
Original article: A 92-year old New York trans woman was denied Social Security survivors benefits following her husband’s passing in 2012.
Robina Asti found herself tripped up because the Social Security Administration says federal law considered her “legally male” at the time of her wedding in 2004, thus her marriage was not legally valid. Asti however, has government documents showing she has been a woman for 30 years. This includes a passport, drivers license and pilots license.
The benefit amount would be around $500 per month. She has appealed and has not heard back from the SS after 6 months.
Lets do some math. She’s 92. $500 a month for a few more years adds up to what? Or were they just hoping she’d quietly die awaiting appeal?
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