Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-06-20
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

AAMVA comes out on transgender ID issues
News update posted Aug. 2, 2011
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2011-08-10

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


In a move that could impact transgender people nationally, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators ( AAMVA ) is recommending that transgender drivers be allowed to more easily change the gender markers on their driver's licenses.

AAMVA, the non-profit that makes recommendations on driving issues to every state, hosted a webinar on transgender issues and driver's licenses Aug. 3. According to Thomas Manuel, AAMVA's program director of driver fitness, they suggested that transgender drivers be given IDs with their preferred gender marker, so long as a licensed medical provider signs off on it.

"This is a customer service issue as far as we're concerned," said Manuel. "The driver's license has become the de facto form of ID… whatever your gender identity is, that should be on the license."

Overall, Manuel said, he was pleased with response to the webinar. His office logged 52 different phone lines on the call. The presentation prompted 30 minutes of questions, an unusually lengthy discussion for webinar's, said Manuel.

"I think we had a very good response," Manuel said. "There was interest, generally speaking."

The news could mean changes all over the country in the way transgender people navigate not just driver's licenses but daily life.

According to Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ) , just a handful of states have policies that her organization considers to be good.

Several states require transgender people to prove they have had irreversible gender reassignment surgery. Such surgeries can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, are typically not covered by insurance,and are not always wanted by all transgender people.

As such, many government agencies have begun to ease policies to allow transgender people to more easily change their gender markers. Last year, the federal government began issuing gender marker changes on passports to transgender people who furnished a note from a licensed medical provider.

Since, other agencies have started to fall in line.

Illinois is currently in the process of re-writing its policy to more easily allow transgender people to change their birth certificates. Alaska is facing a lawsuit over denying a transgender woman a gender marker change on her driver's license.

The driver's license is fundamental, say experts.

"It's what you show when you get a new job," said Keisling. "It's what you show when you go to the bank. It's what you show when you go to a nightclub."

Keisling presented during the AAMVA webinar alongside Lisa Mottet, the transgender civil rights project director at the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce; and Harper Jean Tobin, policy counsel at NCTE.

States that participated in the webinar are not required to change their policies. Rather, presenters made a case for why they should consider doing so.

According to Manuel, updating transgender policies can save DMVs both time and money. Enforcing strict and complicated policies often takes extra resources. Still, he said, it is not certain how many states will adopt the AAMVA recommendations, which Manuel also wrote about in the organization's magazine, MOVE.

In time, Manuel said, AAMVA will likely convene experts on transgender issues to draft an official "best practice" recommendation. For now, the organization is simply making DMVs aware of the issue.

Manuel acknowledged that move was controversial to some. But he said, his organization was following American Medical Association guidelines that suggest transgender people be allowed to live in their preferred gender.

"You don't want to let your personal beliefs or feelings come into this matter," he said. "This particular part of the population needs to have identification."

Overall, the recommendations will have marginal impact in Illinois, where transgender people can already switch gender markers with a medical provider's letter.

Dave Druker, the press secretary for the Illinois secretary of state, said that Illinois "has moved well into the forefront on" the issue. Since the mid 1980s, the state has issued licenses to transgender people without requiring sexual reassignment surgery, a policy that predates many of its kind by more than two decades.

Mottet, however, said that Illinois fell short of the "best" list in the eyes of experts. That is because the state still requires a written letter from a physician, whereas jurisdictions like Washington D.C. offer a standardized form for providers to sign.

The difference, say experts, is that medical letters can cost hundreds of dollars to obtain.

Druker said that in response to the webinar, Illinois is looking into creating a standardized letter. "We do want to pursue this," he said. "We want to be in that upper echelon."


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Emma Gonzalez part of June 15 march 2018-07-14
Money bond, pretrial incarceration hurting Chicago's LGBTQ Communities 2018-06-20
TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose' 2018-06-20
WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup 2018-06-19
NATIONAL Palm Springs, NYC Pride, Alan Turing 2018-06-19
SAVOR Trans ice-cream social, Furious Spoon, Taste of Chicago 2018-06-19
Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database 2018-06-19
Federal Court Denies Renewed Attempt to Implement Transgender Military Ban 2018-06-15
EI Urges Gov. Rauner to Extend Non-Discrimination Protections to All Illinois Workplaces 2018-06-15
Men & Women in Prison Ministries to observe National HIV Testing Day June 27 2018-06-15
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell arrested during legal protest in Moscow 2018-06-14
Angela Davis to Greet Freed Political Prisoners June 17 2018-06-13
DINING Trans social, Respect Wine, Father's Day offers 2018-06-13
City hosts LGBTQ Veterans Salute 2018-06-13
Activist Martinez injured in hit-and-run 2018-06-13
Organizer Pfeiffer looks ahead to 2018 Pride Parade 2018-06-13
Cakeshop ruling doesn't crumple our opponents 2018-06-13
The Merion Becomes Credentialed LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Community 2018-06-13
AMA Adopts New Policy Urging Appropriate Placement of Transgender Prisoners 2018-06-13
AMA Supports Modifying Family, Medical Leave Policies to Include LGBTQs 2018-06-13
NATIONAL Historic ad, bullying case, Trevor Project gala 2018-06-12
WORLD Romanian ruling, conversion-therapy first, Elton John 2018-06-12
Gender JUST shows, discusses queer film 'Naz and Maalik' 2018-06-12
Chicago trans survey in June 2018-06-12
Youth activists hold press conference on gun violence in Chicago 2018-06-11
HRC Marks Two Years Since Deadly Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Honoring Victims with Action 2018-06-11
Survivors, Community Rally for Action Two Years After Orlando Attack 2018-06-07
Legislation introduced affirming U.S. commitment to international LGBTI rights 2018-06-07
GLSEN ED speaks on school climate and culture before Federal School Safety Commission 2018-06-07
Masterpiece case used by AZ court to reject anti-LGBTQ discrimination 2018-06-07
Bermuda court rejects gay-marriage ban 2018-06-06
Philadelphia student awarded $500K in bullying case 2018-06-06
GUEST COLUMN Still a Cis World After All 2018-06-06
City workers accidentally whitewash mural 2018-06-06
THEATER Trap Door transcends with binary-breaking French patriot 2018-06-06
Milwaukee Pride to feature Danica Roem 2018-06-06
TELEVISION REVIEW Pose 2018-06-06
Trans women and drag queens mingle at Campit Resort 2018-06-06
Friends recall connections with Howard Wax 2018-06-06
Experts interpret 'Masterpiece' Supreme Court decision 2018-06-06
 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.