Friday, June 22, 2018

The Shifting Landscape of IDs for Trans People

State Policy Director Arli Christian discusses the patchwork of laws governing how people change the name and gender on their identity documents.

In the last year, the National Center for Transgender Equality has seen groundbreaking progress modernizing gender marker policies on state-issued documents such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

The ability to easily and affordably change the name or gender on IDs is a crucial right for transgender people. But many states still enforce arbitrary requirements in order for these documents to be changed, making it harder for transgender people to avoid harassment and discrimination in employment, health care, and any situation requiring them to show their ID or birth certificate.

Here to break down some recent changes — and why they’re so important for transgender people — is Arli Christian, State Policy Director at NCTE. Read more...

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