The U.S. Social Security Administration has announced that going forward, applicants for the service will be able to select the sex that aligns most with their chosen “gender identity” in official records.
As detailed in a press release, the new policy, which was presumably developed under the Biden administration’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) mandate, was created to be inclusive to “gender diverse” individuals and those who identify as transgender.
“The Social Security Administration’s Equity Action Plan includes 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,” stated Acting Commissioner Kijakazi. “This new policy allows people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”
Existing records can also be updated upon request, and applicants will be required to apply for a replacement SSN card.
Applicants will only be required to show documentation to prove their identity, but not be required to provide medical documentation to show their gender identity.
“The agency will accept the applicant’s self-identified sex designation of either male or female, even if it is different from the sex designation shown on identity documents, such as a passport or state-issued driver’s license or identity card. SSN cards do not include sex markers,” the press release stated.
In addition to allowing users to self-identify as either male or female, the agency is looking to support an “X” gender marker for anyone who does not identify as either male or female.
The move to enable the recognition of so-called gender-diverse people follows the State Department’s decision to allow Americans to go by an “X” gender marker on their international passports.