THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT – The pun is unintentional, but ironic. A trans person risks being laughed at by a SEPTA bus driver in front of passengers for having the “wrong” gender sticker on their monthly bus pass.
A group of transgender advocates in Philadelphia called RAGE (Riders Against Gender Exclusion) have been fighting the area’s transit system, SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority), over the gender stickers on the system’s monthly “TransPass” — a situation that clearly can cause embarrassment and confusion for trans people. Reports state some trans people were even prevented from boarding and ridiculed by drivers. SEPTA says the gender stickers are necessary to combat fraud — especially spouses sharing passes.
RAGE has collected signatures and staged protests since its founding in 2009 in an attempt to get the gender stickers off the TransPass. Recently however, founding member Max Ray stated that SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey will petition SEPTA’s authority board to remove the sticker requirement in 2013. This was reported in several news sources.
However, NBC 10 reported this: “A SEPTA spokesman told NBC10 the decision [to remove stickers] was unrelated to RAGE’s protest however. Instead he said it was made simply because there wasn’t a need for any stickers on the new preloaded card.”
Either way, the gender stickers are gone. But this story doesn’t end well for SEPTA. Thirty years of torture for trans people in Philadelphia and SEPTA didn’t yield an inch when it mattered and only to simply dismiss it away when new technology resolved the issue.
Thanks for nothing SEPTA.
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