The Social Security Administration announced this week that people will now be able to select the sex that most aligns with their “gender identity” in records going forward.
According to a press release from the SSA, the policy was created to be more inclusive to “transgender” and “gender diverse” Americans.
“The Social Security Administration’s Equity Action Plan includes a commitment to decrease administrative burdens and ensure people who identify as gender diverse or transgender have options in the Social Security Number card application process,” said Acting Commissioner Kijakazi in a statement. “This new policy allows people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”
Those who choose to update their sex marker in Social Security’s records will be required to apply for a replacement SSN card. They will be required to show documentation to prove their identity, but will not need to provide medical documentation to show their sex designation. Read more…