Transgender Passport Initiative

US passport coverThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks found a way to create meaningful change for our transgender friends and neighbors.

Many transgender people do not have identification that includes their correct gender marker. This exposes them to discrimination and possible harm every time they must use their ID. Current federal policy allows transgender people to get a corrected U.S. passport if they have a letter from their healthcare provider. For many transgender people, this is the only form of corrected ID they are eligible for. Having a corrected passport is especially important in states with very restrictive policies for changing gender markers on state documents.

Federal policies may change with the new administration, so we are helping transgender people apply for passports for the next two months. In one week, our small congregation raised $2,500 to support passport application fees. We are now hosting work parties to assist interested applicants in filling out their paperwork.

If you would like to join in this effort, here are some resources to help you get started:

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3 Comments to “Transgender Passport Initiative”

  1. Helen Duffy Says:

    What a thoughtful idea to bring forth at this time. Thanks.

  2. Ian Anderson Says:

    Hello! I am a legal assistant at Transgender Law Center, a national organization promoting the rights of transgender people. I am compiling a database of all the upcoming workshops and clinics dedicated to helping transgender people update their name and gender markers on their legal documentation. Would you please email me at with the date, time, and location of any gatherings you are hosting? Thank you very much.

  3. Michelle Webb Says:

    I used to be a Passport Acceptance Agent for my work and I would be delighted to help with this. Please let me know.