Philadelphia To Consider Ending Gender Identification On Transportation Passes

The South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) requires that all its transpasses have gender identity stickers, a policy that invites discrimination against transgender individuals whose IDs might not match the gender they present as. Now, Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has introduced a resolution calling on SEPTA to end the practice. If SEPTA wants to use tie passes to unique identities to prevent them from being shared, the use of photographs without gender markers can ensure that all people are treated fairly and not targeted for harassment or refusal of service. Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE), a group advocating for the change, indicates that SEPTA will introduce a new fare card system that will solve the problem, but it won’t be implemented for several years.