+1 Gender Equality

Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE) has announced that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) plans to remove the gender stickers on the riding passes. The movement for the removal by RAGE began in 2009. The classification of gender had the intention of ensuring there would be no sharing of a single pass between a heterosexual couple. However, there are several issues that come with this for those who are transgender or do not classify themselves under a specific gender.

RAGE stated in Thursday’s (4/12/12) press release:

“Riders whose gender expression does not match the sticker on their pass – for instance, transsexual men and women who are not living in one gender full-time, and genderqueer people who do not present themselves as distinctly male or female – have been harassed by drivers, outed as transgender to other riders putting their personal safety at risk, and have even had legitimate passes confiscated.”

Forcibly outing these individuals to fellow passengers is a more than an awkward and unacceptable situation in which to put someone. Difficulties arise anywhere from getting a pass to having passes confiscated (As is the situation of those who dress in a different gender at times). And while SEPTA claims that there is no relation between RAGE and the removal, riders should begin to see the changes next year with a completion time set on 2015.

One comment

  1. It seems ridiculous that you have to prove your gender to ride the bus/train.

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