Applaud New Legal Protections for Transgender Individuals

Target: Social Security Administration

Goal: Praise new policy protecting the rights and privacy of transgender individuals.

The Social Security Administration recently changed its policy to allow transgender individuals to easily change their gender on Social Security records. By simplifying this process, the administration is providing protection and privacy to transgender people.

Previously, transgender individuals were required to submit medical documents as proof of surgery in order for the Social Security Administration to allow a change in gender designation – a lengthy process that favored those who were able to afford the necessary specific treatments. The former policy also did not adequately protect the identity of those attempting to submit the change, and could lead to the publicizing of the personal information and decisions of those asking for the adjustment.

As Social Security is utilized for many other types of documentation and employment, this change in policy will be incredibly helpful to transgender individuals who seek new documents that align with their chosen gender identity.

By signing the petition below you will be applauding the Social Security Administration for their inclusive change in policy that supports an individual’s right to choose their gender identity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Social Security Administration,

The ability for one to choose a gender identity and be identified as such by other people and in documentation is incredibly important. Transgendered individuals are often discriminated against for their decision to change their gender alignment, so the recent policy change by the Social Security Administration to simplify the gender re-alignment process and protect the privacy of transgender individuals who choose to change their gender designation is extremely important.

I am writing you to praise you for your policy change and thank you for adjusting the requirements in a way that will support the decisions of transgender individuals. This new, more inclusive, policy will provide privacy to transgender people, and this must be commended.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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