Via Twitterfriend @gregs comes news that SEPTA riders will challenge the agency's policy of requiring a Transpass to display M or F to identify a rider's gender. SEPTA Watch reports that the requirement is opposed because:
-The use of gender stickers discriminates against transgendered individuals.
-Using gender stickers to prevent pass sharing is ineffective.
-If the government is going to institute a discriminatory policy to solve an economic problem, then the burden is on SEPTA to prove such a problem actually exists and exists to such a scale to justify the problematic solution
-There is an economic cost associated with using gender stickers. SEPTA is currently spending money to defend the policy due to a complaint filed with the Human Rights Commission
The issue will be taken up June 30 at the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting. See SEPTA Watch for more.
We urge SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey to show up and make his peace with the queer community—preferably in heels.