Evelyn Klein waves a large transgender flag as she marches in the Trans March down Dolores Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, June 22, 2018.

S.F. expands definition of gender on city forms, applications

Transgender residents will no longer be forced to choose between only “male” and “female” when filling out San Francisco forms and applications, Mayor London Breed announced Thursday.

In a statement, Breed said she was issuing an executive directive to expand the definition of gender when asking for demographic information on city paperwork. Gender identity training will also be provided to city employees.

“President Trump’s attempts to erase the identities of trans and non-binary people and strip them of access to critical services and fair treatment under the law is unconscionable,” Breed said. “Here in San Francisco, we stand in strong support of our transgender and gender non-conforming residents.”

Breed said she would also introduce legislation to the Board of Supervisors to make the directive permanent.

“As our communities are under constant attack by the federal administration, in San Francisco we will make sure that no one in our city will be erased,” said Clair Farley, director of the Office of Transgender Initiatives. “We hope that this directive will inspire cities and states across the country to take a stand against these hateful attacks on our communities.”

Forms which have already been printed and don’t meet the requirements of the new directive will be allowed to be exhausted, but new forms will comply with the gender-inclusive requirements, the statement said.

Details of which designations would be permitted were not provided.

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