WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: In this photo illustration, a Social Security card sits alongside checks from the U.S. Treasury on October 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Social Security Administration announced recipients will receive an annual cost of living adjustment of 5.9%, the largest increase since 1982. The larger increase is aimed at helping to offset rising inflation. (Photo illustration by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Social Security to Allow Individuals To Make Changes to their Gender Identity
The Social Security Administration revealed earlier this week that individuals can now make changes to their records to reflect their gender identity,
Kilolo Kijakazi, the Agency’s acting commissioner, said the move is part of a “commitment to decrease administrative burdens and ensure people who identify as gender diverse or transgender have options in the Social Security Number card application process.”
Additionally, it’s a component of a more significant initiative to promote acceptance of gender identity under the Biden administration.
Applicants at Social Security can self-identify as male or female, regardless of the gender designation on identity documents, such as a passport or driver’s license.
In the future, the Agency plans to offer an “X” designation for the application process for SSN cards for non-binary individuals.
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