Commend Alaska’s Lt. Governor for Making ID Change Easier for Transgender Citizens

Target: Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell of Alaska

Goal: Commend decision to make it easier for transgender people to change the sex listed on their state ID

One of the major challenges faced by transgender people are the difficulties that ensue when their performed or stated gender does not match up with the out-of-date gender listed on their official ID. Depending on the state, the process of changing that listed gender may be complicated, and may demand the trans person go further in their transition than they wish to. In Alaska, previous to now, regulations stipulated that transgender citizens had to submit proof of surgery before they could change their listed gender: a difficult proposition, given that not every trans person is interested in undergoing a full medical/surgical transition. However, a recent change in policy allows trans people to change their listed gender by submitting certification from one or more of a variety of licensed professionals (physician, psychologist, nurse, etc.) attesting that the person is “undergoing treatment and that the change is expected to be permanent”. It is a requirement much more open to those who have only recently begun transitioning and those who do not wish a surgical transition of the nature required by the previous regulations.

Tell Lieutenant Governor Treadwell that you support his choice to respect trans people’s choices about what to do with their bodies by allowing them to change their gender on a state ID without documentation of a full surgical transition.


Dear Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell,

I am writing to applaud your decision to revise regulations that stipulated that the gender listed on a state ID could only be changed when proof of surgery had been submitted. The new regulations, which permit a change of gender when one of several types of licensed professional can attest that the person in question is undergoing treatment and the change is expected to be permanent, are more open to individuals just beginning to transition and those who may not wish a full surgical transition.

For those with gender dysphoria, the legal issues that can ensue when their listed gender conflicts with their presented sex constitute yet another trouble in a life already difficult to negotiate. Thank you for making this process easier and I hope that you will continue to support pro-transgender policies and changes.


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