Obama’s ‘quiet transgender revolution’

Obama’s ‘quiet transgender revolution’
(Image: White House via National Journal)

[Ed. – The U.S. federal government is now more likely to officially endorse your fairy-tale belief about your “sexual identity” than it is to let you into the U.S. if you’re an Iraqi Christian facing the very real threat of persecution in your homeland.]

Since June 2013, someone wishing to change their sex classification on their Social Security card has needed to provide only a doctor’s note guaranteeing that “appropriate clinical treatment” is underway.

Before then, a person seeking to change their sex on the document had to undergo gender reassignment surgery, an expensive and, many LGBT advocates and doctors say, unnecessary procedure for a transition to take place. …

The changes began quietly when Obama ordered all agencies in 2009 to review what could be done to eliminate disparities between same-sex and straight couples, a directive that administration officials ultimately interpreted much more broadly.

At the time, transgender activists felt slighted. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said that the memo left her and other activists annoyed because it paled in comparison to what they expected of the new president.

“We thought, ‘You were going to do stuff, and now you just put out a memo about doing stuff?’ That memo turned out to be one of the most important things the president ever did,” she said.

Over time, that directive — and two others, in 2010 and 2013 — triggered the review of more than 1,000 statutes and hundreds of regulations across the U.S. government, including the change that allowed Wittes to declare himself male and have that affirmation reflected on his Social Security card.

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