Gender Change with Social Security

The Social Security Administration has a pretty convoluted list of documents they’ll accept for a gender change. See FAQ here for more on that, but to narrow it down a little, they want to see one of the following:

  • Full-validity, 10-year U.S. passport showing the new gender;
  • State-issued amended birth certificate showing the new gender;
  • Court order directing legal recognition of change of gender;
  • Medical certification of appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition in the form of an original letter from a licensed physician. The document must have enough biographical data (e.g., name and date of birth) to clearly identify you.

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On Trans Ally-ship and the Ethics of Visibility: a conversation

A friend of mine interviewed me and did a piece on trans-allyship. Take a look!

Tyler is a lot of things: brilliant set designer and master carpenter, comrade-in-arms in various D&D campaigns, athlete and mentor-coach-athlete for the Special Olympics, dedicated employee and fiercely loyal friend. But last weekend, we sat down to talk specifically about allyship, his journey as a transman, and his role as an outspoken advocate for LGBTQA people everywhere.

Among the things to admire about Tyler is his iron-clad belief that his openness about his experience as a transman will make future transgender people’s lives a little easier. Two noble beliefs lie at the root of his advocacy strategies: 1) that when given the chance through education and dialogue, people are capable of being kind to and accepting of another and 2) that his willingness to discuss parts of his life outside of the realm of polite conversation will have real, tangible, positive consequences in the world. Tyler carefully considers the ethical…

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“Congratulations, now you’re Tyler” – 4 Months and Some Other Big News

I’ll get the “easy” part out of the way first…it’s been 4 months since I started testosterone. The facial hair is still growing in and the voice is, somehow, still deepening. I haven’t noticed a lot of changes this month; I’m definitely into the slow and steady changes point of the process. I’m feeling frustration at not noticing the changes nearly as fast as I’d like, but every once in a while I feel like “whoa”. Like these two pictures, just a month apart.

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And Now for a Total Change of Topic…

I feel like the last week or so has been a whole handful of bizarre updates, so I apologize if this post seems like a lot of skipping around. I’ve been kind of in a funk lately and I think a lot of it has to do with not giving myself therapy time. I haven’t been seeing my therapist as frequently and I, obviously, haven’t been writing as much and that’s caused a lot of internal tension for me. Continue reading And Now for a Total Change of Topic…

A Little Trans Soap Boxing

So Caitlyn Jenner finally came out. Ok, yeah, she technically came out a few weeks ago, but until the last few days, she hadn’t revealed a name or a pronoun preference. Now she has. As a result, a lot of people are calling her a hero, applauding her bravery. Melissa commented that it must feel nice to have such a big name “on our side”. So now Caitlyn Jenner is the face of transgender people everywhere. Continue reading A Little Trans Soap Boxing