HuffPost Live Looks at Trans ID Issues

Last week, National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling and intern Kye Campbell-Fox joined HuffPost Live to look at barriers facing transgender people and identification. Other panelists included the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Reina Gossett, transgender activist Patricia Harrington, and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Noah Lewis. Panelists celebrated the recent Social Security Administration policy change dropping surgical requirements to update SSA records. However panelists also recognized that overwhelming hurdles still exist with securing drivers licenses and birth certificates that correctly reflect people’s gender identity.

Kye Campbell-Fox discussed costly barriers to updating his ID and how incongruent drivers license, birth certificate, and health care records led him to postpone emergency medical care. Mara Keisling discussed the complicated nature of advancing fairer ID policies state by state.

Watch the full segment here.

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