Monday, November 26, 2007

San Francisco Approves Genderless ID Cards

I hate to seem not very PC (if there's any such thing) however this struck me as very odd and pointless. I found out about this watching FNC's Red Eye. This article is from CBS News however...
Whose business is it anyway what you've got under that skirt? Not the city of San Francisco's, municipal leaders agreed this week.

USA Today reports that the city's Board of Supervisors agreed yesterday to issue municipal ID cards next year showing name, birth date and photo - but not gender.

San Francisco took up the matter just as many cities around the nation are considering issuing ID cards without regard to legal status, as part of the debate about illegal immigration. Then the city's transgender advocates added gender to a discussion.

They argued that legally changing a name and gender designation can be time-consuming and expensive, and that IDs that don't match appearance could out people and make them vulnerable to discrimination or abuse.

"The card really makes gender a non-issue," says Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the measure into law in the next 10 days, his spokesman said.
I think I can agree that it's no one's business what's up your pants for some reason though this just struck me as another way San Francisco can be ahead of the curve on another meaningless issue. Apparently this law was about immigation until some activists got involved to impart their will on this legislation. The genderless provision makes this law nothing more than a distraction.

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