This article was published on April 6th, 2022
The United States government, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, has announced new measures to protect members of the transgender community and make it easier for them to self-identify on federal forms. These new announcements coincide with the commemoration of International Transgender Day of Visibility and will directly contend with the wave of discriminative legislative actions that are currently underway across the country by the Republican party.
Biden Administration Includes Several Policies Affecting The Trans Community
Included in the new measures include policies to assist in the improvement of mental health among trans children, easier access to government services, and providing more gender identification options at domestic airports. Biden released a statement about the new measurements, stating:
“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know, and our nation and the world are stronger, more vibrant, and more prosperous because of them. To transgender Americans of all ages, I want you to know that you are so brave. You belong. I have your back.”
Beginning from April 11th, travelers will have the option of adding an ‘X’ to identify their gender on their passports, being able to provide more than the standard ‘male’ or ‘female’ options. Additionally, the government is aligning with airlines, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Transportation Security Administration to streamline the process. Other agencies are also stepping up to assist, include the Social Security Administration, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By the end of the year, the SSA will phase out requiring proof of identification or a doctor’s note to update gender information.
Schools Also To Receive Updated Information
It is not only government agencies that are increasing support of trans people as there will soon be new information to educate others on the challenges of trans kids in schools. Currently on board are the Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Department of Education. These measures directly go up against the new slate of anti-trans legislation that has been supported in the past few months by the GOP.
The current Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, is expected to travel to the state of Florida later this year to discuss their recently passed “don’t say gay” bill that directly affects LGBTQ+ students. Under the new law, the very discussion of LGBTQ+ topics are barred from kindergarten through third grade.
As these laws and more continue to affect the LGBTQ+ community, HomoCulture will keep readers updated on the current laws in the U.S. and international LGBTQ+ news.