“Gender identity is a person’s own expression of themselves.”

Transgendered American individuals living in Pennsylvania can now change the sex on their driver’s license to reflect the gender that they live.

The amended law, involving a settlement with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) on August 25, 2010, changed the need for a sexual reassignment surgery in order to change the sexual orientation found on a license. Currently, individuals looking to change this information need only the support of a doctor, social worker, or therapist.

This provision, by the PennDOT, to change paper documentation is not a first in the United States. In fact it is an effect of the U.S. Department of State’s recent decision to implement similar changes to passport information without documentation of sexual reassignment surgery. Many other states are expressing interest in providing similar services to those that identify as the other gender.

This is not the only institutional change being taken into consideration in the United States. A 2009 failed bill regarding transgendered Americans has been revived by its sponsor. Assemblyman Paul Aizley of Las Vegas is currently fighting to stop discrimination based solely upon gender identity and roles.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal Aizley explained, “Under its provisions, people could not be fired from jobs just because they see themselves as males when they may have been born with female genitals, or vice versa. The bill also would protect those who are born with the genitals of both sexes.”

The new and improved bill is set to be discussed by the legislation in their March session. One of the major platforms of this bill is its intention to protecting discrimination against those who “truly identify with the opposite sex they were born with.”

This small change is a step in the right direction for the United States. Gender classifications and our American gender binary often limit those who identify with a different gender assigned at birth. By making more institutional changes, as well as social changes, to our culture and society we are slowly becoming more educated in transgendered subjects and issues. With the continued support of transgendered Americans by Assemblyman, like Paul Aizley who continue to push the issue of equality for all sexes, more and more American’s are becoming aware of the injustices that affect many members of the trans community. 

For more information on this topic check out the articles I found online! Don’t forget to check out more information on the other blogs as well!



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