Friday, June 19, 2009

TSA To Confirm Gender Before Flights

The rumor is true. Another security measure is being rolled out that will make travel difficult for trans and gender non-conforming people. Monday’s Times ran a story confirming what I had heard a couple months ago from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Executive Director Mara Keisling. The Transportation Security Administration is about to start confirming our names, genders and birth dates at the airport before we are allowed to fly. For people whose gender is often mistaken, or whose gender markers on various forms of ID do not match their appearance and/or identity, this may create a serious obstacle.

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