Not long ago, few government-issued IDs allowed applicants to self-report their appropriate gender marker or indicate a gender-neutral X designation. Now almost half of state licensing agencies have made these updates, and we are projecting modernization of federal agency gender change policies too. Court cases across the country have struck down barriers to updating gender markers on official documents as unconstitutional. At the same time, court orders and legal services have been increasingly difficult to access during quarantine, and financial barriers, criminal history restrictions, privacy concerns, and overall confusion about these processes prevent so many from obtaining the accurate IDs they need to survive and thrive. Our panel of advocates will share the latest news and trends of gender change laws in courts, legislatures, and legal clinics across the country and engage the audience in a conversation about next steps in the journey toward access to accurate identification for all.
Speakers: Charlie Arrowood (Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund); Arli Christian (ACLU); AC Dumlao (Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)); Omar Gonzalez-Pagan (Lambda Legal); Kara Ingelhart (Lambda Legal)