On Wednesday, the Social Security Administration (SSA) stated that citizens of the United States will now have the ability to self-select their gender when completing out documents.
According to a statement released by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the modification has been implemented, and the new option is now available.
According to Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi's statement, The Social Security Administration's Equity Action Plan includes a promise to lower administrative obstacles and ensure that people who identified as gender diverse or transgender have choices in the process of applying for a Social Security Number card.
There will be no longer be a requirement for individuals to produce proof of their sex designation in order to self-identify as either male or female in our records, since this new policy makes this option available.
According to the new procedure, a person who modifies their gender or "sex marker" in SSA records will be required to submit an application for a new Social Security card before the change may take effect. It will be necessary to present a document in order to confirm one's identity; however, neither medical nor legal evidence will be required in order to ascertain a person's gender identity.
A person may now self-identify on forms as either male or female, and the policy of the organization will now allow this, even if the individual's gender is designated otherwise on other documents, such as a passport or driver's license.
According to the statement, the government agency does not presently provide a choice for those who identify as non-binary or as unspecified as an option. Instead, in order to support a "X" classification, the agency is "exploring" possible future policy changes.
The revised policy comes after the March statement that it was intended to be revised at some point. Kijakazi made the statement at the time that the organization is committed to lowering barriers and guaranteeing the social equality of the LGBTQ+ community by revising our standards for Social Security number information.
Since President Joe Biden took over the presidency, there have been significant shifts made to the administration's gender policy, and this one is just one of them. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in June 2021 that the State Department will add another "gender marker" and provide individuals the option to choose whether they would be classified as male or female, regardless of any medical documentation.
In the near future, Blinken stated, we will be changing our procedures to permit individuals to self-select their gender as 'M' or 'F,' and we will no longer require medical verification if an applicant's self-selected gender does not reflect the gender on their other nationality or identity documents.
According to a previous article published by The Daily Wire, a study conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law projected the number of nonbinary LGBTQ adults residing in the United States who may desire a Gender-X marking on their passports.
According to the findings of the paper, We predict that 1.4% of the nonbinary LGBTQ community in the United States, which is equivalent to 16,700 people each year, may ask passports with an X gender marking. This average is based on the existing request for X gender markers to be included on driver's licenses in states where such an option is available.
Other departments and agencies within the government, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have also undergone reforms along these lines (HUD). Transgender people who are homeless can now enter shelters that were previously off-limits to them due to HUD's recent policy change.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Daily Wire.